Ford plans to make an electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck

Major US automakers have been saying for years that the future is electric. Yet, at the moment, their electric car offerings are meager.

But the electric future got a huge boost this month.

Ford Motor Company, the second-largest US automaker, announced it plans to create a battery-powered version of its most popular offering, the F-Series, an iconic line of pickup trucks.

“Here’s what’s going to happen next to future-proof that global juggernaut of commercial vehicles: We’re going to be electrifying the F-Series, both battery-electric and hybrid,” Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, told analysts, according to the Detroit News.

This is huge. Pickup trucks are a cultural shibboleth in the United States — a staple of American farms, construction sites, and country music videos.

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