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F-150 Lightning Wins MotorTrend Truck of the Year for 2023, Setting Precedent with Unanimous Vote by Judges

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 13, 2022 – The new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck adds the prestigious 2023 MotorTrend Truck of the Year award to its trophy case. The win sets a precedent – the F-150 Lightning is the first electric truck to win by a unanimous vote among the judges. It’s also only the second time an electric vehicle has won unanimously in the history of MotorTrend's Of The Year competitions.

“It’s really brilliant for the team that Lightning is the first EV truck to win by unanimous vote,” said Darren Palmer, vice president, electric vehicle programs. “This truck is full of firsts, and this one is really special to add to Lightning’s historic launch.”

The F-150 Lightning earned the title of America’s best-selling electric truck in November, with sales totaling 2,062. Since the truck was introduced in May, sales have totaled 13,258. The success of Lightning has contributed to Ford being the No. 2 EV brand in the U.S. year to date.

“The F-150 Lightning and its nearly instant torque with ride and handling make it without a doubt the best truck Ford has ever made. If that feels like a bold statement, consider that amongst our judges, the F-150 Lightning won Truck of the Year by unanimous decision–the first EV truck to convince all judges across the board,” said Ed Loh, MotorTrend group head of editorial. “The Ford F-150 Lightning is no less than a milestone achievement in the history of American mobility.” 

Ford is ramping up quickly to deliver 150,000 Lightning trucks per year by the end of next year. Ford’s electric vehicle business is growing with a conquest rate of over 60%.

For more information on F-150 Lightning, please visit the Ford media site

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* To earn the MotorTrend honor, each contender is put through a standard battery of acceleration testing along with figure-8 handling and 60-0 braking performance tests. The trucks also are subjected to additional class-relevant tests, such as acceleration and braking with a trailer (weighing near its rated capacity) and ballasted to near the payload capacity. Judges also conduct a "frustration test" of highway acceleration uphill with a trailer. In addition, individual judges conduct their own subjective off-road tests on a variety of road types and surfaces.

* MotorTrend Truck of the Year is the latest award in F-150 Lightnings trophy case. Others include TIME Top 200 Invention of 2022, 2023 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award, 2022 Altair Enlighten Award, Sobre Ruedas 2022 Awards, Wards 10 Best & Engines & Propulsion Systems, Internet Brands Best Car to Buy, Victory & Reseda Vehicle of the Year, 2022 American Car of the Year, Autoblog Technology of the Year 2022, Motor1 Star Awards, CarBuzz Save the Planet award and multiple Sabre awards.

Due to high demand and global supply chain constraints, some models, trims, and features may not be available or may be subject to change. Check with your local dealer for current information.

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