With both the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning (all-electric) and 2022 Maverick compact pickup (with its efficient hybrid powertrain option) already loose in our consciousnesses, the mind quickly turns to the white space in between. Ford is literally invested in electrifying its fleet, and the Maverick is launching with an electrified base powertrain. It’s not too much of a leap to imagine a fully electric Ford Maverick truck—whether Ford called it the Maverick Lightning, or something else.
And this isn’t a line of thought that Ford appears to be trying to quash. Instead, it’s feeding the rumor, with Ford CEO Jim Farley telling The New York Times in an interview that the company is considering an electric version of the little pickup, while one of the company’s PR representatives is tweeting wire-frame images of an electric pickup silhouette to some who’ve doubted the viability of a compact EV truck.
It seems, barring some unlikely series of events, that an electric Maverick will happen. It also seems that, judging by the little truck’s front end styling, it may be a natural fit for the standard smooth-grille EV look, as seen on the F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E, and others. Filling in the upper portion—whether, as we imagine, smoothly in base models (as seen above) or with a stylish texture in higher trims (as seen below)—doesn’t jar the eye thanks to the stylish bar linking the headlights and a bit of texture. And the smaller proportions of the Maverick’s front end help; by comparison, the F-150 Lightning’s filled-in grille looks overly wide between its small, wide-set headlights. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.