The Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup has been revealed with standard all-wheel-drive and a shockingly low price of $39,974, which drops to $32,474 after the $7,500 federal tax credit it qualifies for is deducted. That undercuts many of the smaller electric vehicles on sale today, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E compact utility vehicle.

The full-size, four-door truck shares its body with the rest of the F-150 lineup, except for tis closed off grille and full-width light bars front and rear, but things are very different under the skin.

The frame has been beefed-up with stronger steel and reinforcements to house its battery pack between the rails, which will be offered in two sizes delivering 230 miles and 300 miles of range.

The exact capacities of the batteries haven’t been announced, but they weigh roughly 1,500 to 1,800 pounds, according to members of the engineering team. The weight doesn’t seem to be an issue.

The F-150 Lightning features dual inboard electric motors with a combined output of 426 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque in the standard-size battery model and 563 hp and 775 lb-ft in the extended range version, which is the most powerful F-150s ever.

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