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An electric Ford Maverick Lightning and Ranger would be on the way

The younger sisters of the Ford truck family could soon be battery-powered. A trademark application reveals that the next trucks in the Lightning family could be the Ford Maverick and the Ford Ranger

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Ford has had great success with the arrival of the electric Ford F-150 Lightning , and follow-ups are rumored to be near the tail end of this electric pickup. New trademark registrations for “Maverick Lightning” and “Ranger Lightning” in Europe, for both electric vehicles and pickup trucks, suggest that smaller Fords with beds and batteries may be on the horizon.

Ford CEO confirms a second electric pickup is on the way

Ford CEO Jim Farley has already confirmed that a second electric pickup is in the works , but trademark filings provide a potential clue as to what that future model will be. In the United States,  “Ranger Thunder” and “Maverick Thunder” have already been trademarked for potential future variants of the company’s smaller truck offerings.  However, as CarBuzz points out, this is the first time the “Lightning” moniker has been added to the names of those vehicles in official Ford introductions.

Ford could patent the names it plans to use in the world

Interestingly, the Maverick is not currently offered in Europe; the Ranger is the only global platform pickup truck offered by Ford. Ford may very well be patenting all the names it could use around the world to prevent other automakers from taking them, but in the wake of ever-tightening European emissions standards pushing more automakers toward EVs Ford has already announced it will be EV-only on the continent by 2030.  In that context, a few small, city-friendly electric pickups may make more sense in Europe, which is generally a pickup-averse market.

The Maverick could be an electric hit

The Maverick is already offered with a standard hybrid powertrain, which gets 42 miles per gallon in the city and you can even go 600 miles on a single tank. While a strictly electric version probably won’t get that kind of range, it’s likely to still be a cheerful, capable, economical daily driver.

In fact, coming close to the Maverick’s current base price of $21,490, an electric variant could be one of the cheapest ways to get into an EV. Combine that with the existing gas-powered Maverick’s strong driving dynamics, small-truck utility, and overall tidy packaging, and it could be just as groundbreaking for consumers as its big brother, the F-150 Lightning.


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