F-150 Lightning to Make International Debut
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For the first time, the Ford F-150 Lightning is being provided to consumers outside of the United States and Canada as sales officially kick off in Norway. If there is one thing Norway is passionate about, it is electric vehicles. After all, the decision was announced after Ford representatives in the country reported consumers literally begging to purchase the all-electric pickup truck.
According to Per Gunnar Berg, managing director, Ford Norway, the demand is so great that people have even gone so far as to approach his private residence to question him about the availability of the vehicle: “In my 25 years at Ford, I’ve never seen anything like the passion and demand I’m seeing from drivers right now to get behind the wheel of our F-150 Lightning. I’ve had customers literally banging on my door and pleading for us to bring the electric pickup to Norway. F-150 Lightning is the perfect match for many customers in Norway – uniquely capable of quenching our thirst for adventure while embracing our passion for protecting the environment.”
The Availability of Ford’s F-150 Lightning
Nonetheless, interested customers in Norway may need to strive for patience as the number of Ford F-150 Lightning pickups available for sale is strictly limited, and initial deliveries are not expected until the 2024 model year. In addition, the pickup truck will only be provided in the Lariat Launch Edition trim, displaying a Super Crew Cab body style and offered exclusively in a hue dubbed Antimatter Blue. All of the trucks will be constructed at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. By the time it makes its arrival in Norway, the automobile will have a price tag of approximately $113,000 MSRP (Plus destination fee), Berg proclaimed to the Detroit Free Press.
“It is truly a great accolade for the Lightning team to have customers demand this vehicle near and now far!” exclaimed Darren Palmer, vice president, Electric Vehicle Programs, Ford Model e. “Ingenuity runs through this truck inside and out. I strongly encourage our future Norwegian customers to put this truck to the test for all their outdoor adventures.”
Palmer’s exuberant suggestion may become a reality quite quickly as soon as the F-150 Lightning makes its international appearance. As opposed to the rest of Europe, most of Norway is made up of wide roads and open spaces, where the F-150 Lightning would easily fit. As a matter of fact, between the cab, the bed, and the front trunk, the Lightning fulfills a variety of functions, from that of a truck, an SUV, or a station wagon.
The Future of Electric Vehicles in Norway
This is not the first Ford in Norway. The Ford Mustang Mach-E premiered there in April 2021. It was immediately favored, and there are now close to 12,000 Mach-Es on Norwegian roads. From April 2021 until 2023, it has been in the top five selling electric vehicles in Norway.
Even though Norway is not a heavily populated country, it demonstrates a strong enthusiasm for electric vehicles. In fact, over 80 percent of new vehicles sold in the country in the 2022 model year were electric, and electric vehicles make up more than 20 percent of all vehicles on Norwegian roads. While it remains unclear if Ford plans to offer the F-150 Lightning in other European markets at this time, the pickup truck’s debut in Norway indicates that the automaker sees potential for prosperity in regions with high demand for electric vehicles.
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