The all-electric F-150 has finally been revealed, with reasonable pricing and impressive stats.
After much anticipation, Ford has unveiled a fully electric F-150 for the first time in the brand’s history. It is however, not the first all-electric Ford truck. Between 1998 and 2002, the brand sold a fully electric Ranger. However, it’s fair to say the new 2022 Ford F-150 ‘Lightning’ is a far cry from the 57 miles-per-charge Ranger of 20 years ago.
Let’s get straight into it then. The biggest question when it comes to EVs remains how far will they go on a single charge. Range is even more important for a truck that will be predominantly bought by those in rural communities. The F-150 Lightning is decent in this area, offering a targeted 230 miles per charge (EPA) in entry-level standard-range guise. Upgrading to the extended-range F-150 Lightning gives you a targeted 300 mile EPA range. This should be more than enough for the majority of people given the Lightning will have full access to the vast Electrify America / Canada network.
Power and Performance
The standard-range F-150 Lightning produces a hefty 426 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. That torque figure remains the same for the extended-range Lightning, however power is upped to 563 horsepower. Exact 0-60 mph times were not revealed, but President Biden mentioned a 4.4 second 0-60 time when he drove the extended-range version yesterday.
Towing is undoubtedly a major factor when it comes to any kind of truck, and the F-150 Lightning does not let up in this department. The entry-level standard-range Lightning has a 7,700 pound towing capacity and 2,000 pound payload capacity. Meanwhile with the Max Trailer Tow package the extended-range variant has a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds. However at 1,800 pounds payload capacity is marginally less on the extended-range Lightning. It’s worth noting the Lightning also features a massive frunk with a 400 pound capacity.
The F-150 Lightning will receive OTA updates and is available with Ford’s Blue Cruise autonomous driving system. This will allow hands-free driving on certain mapped roads thanks to a driver-facing camera that monitors you driving. Ford plans to have 100,000 miles of pre-mapped roads in the US and Canada.
The same 15.5” touchscreen found in the Mach-E is equipped on high-end models of the Lightning. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Pricing varies drastically depending on specification, but starts at a reasonable $39,974 before any incentives. However, top-spec extended-range versions can cost up to around $90,000.
The F-150 Lightning will be built in the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan. Ford is investing $700 million into the factory in preparation for electrification. First deliveries of the Lightning are expected by Spring 2022.
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