2023 Ford Ranger Lightning electric ute trademarked


Ford has provided another clue that an electric Ranger is in development, by trademarking the badge it would wear: Ranger Lightning.

Alex Misoyannis

Above: How a Ford Ranger Lightning could look, as imagined by SRK Designs (link at bottom of story).

Ford has filed to trademark the 2023 Ford Ranger Lightning name, suggesting a much-rumoured battery-electric version of the new ute is in the works.

Spotted by CarBuzz, Ford this week filed to trademark the Ranger Lightning and Maverick Lightning names in Europe – spreading the F-150 Lightning electric pick-up’s badge into a family of battery-powered utes.

While a trademark filing does not serve as confirmation of a new model, it’s backed up by comments from Ford CEO Jim Farley in April that the company is working on a second electric pick-up.

“We’re already pushing dirt down in Blue Oval City in Tennessee for another electric pickup truck that’s different than [the F-150 Lightning],” Farley said.

Above: Ford F-150 Lightning.

A Ford spokesperson told US website Jalopnik the second electric ute would be a “next-gen” model not related to the F-150 Lightning.

At the time, this was expected to refer to the Ranger, given it doesn’t go on sale in the US until next year, and the smaller car-derived Maverick has been on sale for a year – however the fact Ford has trademarked both names suggests it’s keeping its options open.

Ford is believed to be pursuing a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), set to launch in 2024 – and a strong chance for Australia, exclusive reporting by Drive suggests.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen executives have assured their new Amarok ute – twinned with the new Ranger – is also capable of electrification, with the company said to be “seriously considering” an electric model, rather than a PHEV.

While Ford has previously offered a Ranger Thunder as a special edition in Europe and South-East Asia, another option could be an additional variant of a potential Ranger Lightning (after all, thunder follows lightning) – though this is yet to be confirmed or teased.

Stay tuned to Drive for all the latest news on a possible electric 2023 Ford Ranger Lightning.

Top of story: Ford Ranger Lightning, imagined by SRK Designs.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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