Capable and affordable, the entry-level F-150 Lightning has been revealed.
Ford has unveiled the base version of the all-electric F-150 Lightning. The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro is primarily targeted at the commercial market, and starts at a reasonable $39,974 before incentives.
The Lightning Pro will go head-to-head with the likes of the Lordstown Endurance and Atlis Motors XT when it arrives next year. Commercial trucks are an essential part of the market, however when it comes to EVs the segment is very limited. Whilst the likes of the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV are more than capable, they are also too expensive for most bulk-buying companies. Instead, they are more suitable for wealthy private owners after an “adventure truck”.
However, when it comes to mass-volume sales affordable trucks like the F-150 Lightning Pro dominate. And it’s easy to see why. The base standard-range version, which will start at well under $40k once incentives are factored in, is still capable of towing 7,700lbs and manages 230 miles per charge. For an extra $10k you can upgrade to the extended-range Lightning Pro. This version will manage 300 miles per charge and can tow up to 10,000lbs. The extended-range Pro will also produce a hefty 563 horsepower, and should be good for 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. Interestingly, the extended-range Lightning will only be available to businesses, meanwhile the standard-range variant will be available to both private and commercial customers.
Ford estimates maintenance costs will be significantly lower for the Lightning Pro versus its ICE equivalent. How much so? Around 40% less for the first 8-years of ownership. Again, very compelling news for business managers looking to electrify their fleet.
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