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Ford’s F-150 Lightning vs. Tesla’s Cybertruck: The race to become America's pickup

Ford's F-150 Lightning is giving Tesla's Cybertruck some real competition in electric trucks. (Ford; Tesla)

America's best-selling truck is entering a new age of vehicles with the all-electric version of the Ford F-150, the F-150 Lightning. Looks like Tesla's Cybertruck officially has competition.


Ford revealed the "smartest, cleanest" F-150 yet to the world Wednesday night after teasing the reveal earlier this month. With its signature heavy-duty look, it may look nothing like the futuristic Cybertruck, but the two aren't so different after all. Here's what we learned.

Release date

F-150 Lightning

Spring 2022

Cybertruck

Late 2021

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Notable features

  • Both companies flex the durable exterior of the trucks. Ford says its electric F-150 uses the most durable steel of any of its trucks, while Tesla says its using the best of the best—ultra-hard 30x cold-rolled stainless steel.
  • Both offer autopilot. This feature is most known on Teslas but Ford is adopting BlueCruise, a hands-free way of driving.
  • Both have slick center consoles—a 15.5 inch screen for the F-150 Lightning.
  • Ford is flexing its Intelligent Backup Power where the truck acts as a backup power source when there is a power outage in your home.

How to get one

Both vehicles are taking $100 down payments to reserve a truck today.

Reserve an F-150 Lightning here, and a Cybertruck here.

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