Mother Nature Made a Literal Ford F-150 Lightning

A lot of people are excited about the upcoming 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. This truck must have the support of Mother Nature, too, because she had to strike. She used the weather to create a literal Ford F-150 Lightning in Florida. 

Florida man gets a literal Ford F-150 Lightning 

A Ford F-150 with a broken windshield by the side of the highway in Florida
Ford F-150 | Walton County Fire Rescue

According to CBS12, a man was driving his truck when Mother Nature decided to make things interesting. Suddenly on the eastbound lanes of I-10 in Walton County, a lightning bolt hit the pavement. 

Then a piece of the road went flying through the windshield of the truck with two people inside. The driver and passenger got a literal Ford F-150 Lightning just a few days before the debut. However, it wasn’t the Ford Lightning that anyone wanted! 

The piece of road smashed created a massive hole in the windshield and shattered the rear window. Both occupants were sent to the hospital with injuries. We don’t have an update on their condition, but we hope they’re alright.  

When does the 2022 F-150 Lightning come out? 

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According to Ford, a significant event for the release of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will occur on Wednesday, May 19, at 9:30 P.M. ET. The Ford world headquarters building serves as one of the three live broadcast locations for the debut. 

To prepare for the event, workers in Dearborn, Michigan have been busy covering the large building’s gas with a 64,000-square-foot projection screen for the event. The 12-story headquarters building, known as the Glass House, will make history. 

Generally, automakers reveal new vehicles at staged locations, not their administrative building. But if you can’t make it there, don’t worry. The event will be live-streamed. You can watch from home, at New York’s Times Square, or on the Las Vegas Strip. 

What do we know about the Ford Lighting? 

A close-up view of the badge on the side of Ford F-150 Lightning's bed
Ford F-150 Lightning bedside badge | Ford

Well, we will have to wait until next week to learn more. But so far, we know that the 2022 Ford F-150 Lighting is electric. It’s taking things a bit further than the 2021 F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid.

Ford CEO Jim Farley shared that the F-150 Lightning will have the ability to power homes and accelerate faster than the classic supercharged V8-powered Lightning models. The truck will have a dual-motor setup that includes all-wheel drive. 

Also, its battery pack should provide more than 300 miles of range, topping the Mustang Mach-E’s 305-mile driving range. It should have similar tech, too, including the sizeable 12-inch infotainment screen and digital gauge cluster. 

If you want the new Ford Lightning, then you have a bit of a wait. The trucks are expected to go on sale in the middle of 2022. Pricing for the new EV hasn’t been released yet. Also, expect a futuristic look with an LED headlight bar that spans the width of the grille. 

Until then, stay safe and try not to have your current vehicle struck by Lightning. Luckily for drivers in Florida, lightning isn’t supposed to strike the same spot twice. We can’t blame Mother Nature for wanting an F-150 Lightning now. We want one too.