The Ford F-150 Lightning has finally been eye-opening, giving us an in-depth look at Ford’s first all-electric pickup. This is obviously a big deal, because the standard Ford F-150 has long been America’s most popular car.
Ford clearly knows this, and has built the F-150 lighting to almost completely mimic its hybrid and gasoline counterparts. Throw in an affordable starting price of $ 39,970 and up to 300 miles of range, and Ford could easily have revealed one of the best electric cars. Here’s everything you need to know about the Ford F-150 Lightning, including release dates, range, features, and more.
So we’re looking at a truck that’s on par with the Tesla Cybertruck, rather than the GMC Hummer EV’s overblown $ 110,000.
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That certainly matches all of Ford’s styling, and it emphasizes that the company isn’t trying to alienate its existing customer base with an outlandish version of the F-150. So here’s what you need to know about the Ford F-150 Lightning.
Ford F-150 Lightning: price and release date
The all-electric Ford F-150 will arrive in early 2022 and will be available in two configurations. The base model starts at $ 39,974 while an extended-range model (with roughly 300 miles of range) will sell for somewhere in the middle of the $ 50,000 mark.
This means the lighting F-150 will be noticeably more expensive than the 2021 gas-powered F-150, which starts at $ 29,940.
Electric cars are almost always more expensive than their gasoline equivalents, thanks to the high cost of lithium batteries, and Ford has done nothing to change that status quo. But a price difference of $ 11,000 is not as bad as we feared.
Reservations are available now at the Ford website, with a deposit of $ 100.
Ford F-150 Lightning: power and performance
The Ford F-150 Lighting is powered by two electric motors, offering all-wheel drive. While Ford hasn’t revealed an official 0-60 time, it has promised that it will be somewhere in the mi-4 second range. Which is close to the conjecture made by the president. Joe Biden, who estimated that the F-150 could hit 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds. That’s pretty fast.
The standard-range F-150 will also be able to tow 7,700 pounds, while the extended-range model can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Meanwhile, the standard-range model can carry up to 2,000 pounds of cargo, while the larger battery on the extended-range model means it has a lower maximum of 1,800 pounds.
Ford F-150 Lightning: battery and autonomy
According to Ford, the entry-level F-150 lighting model will offer up to 230 miles of driving range, while the more expensive extended-range model will offer up to 300 miles of range. Unfortunately, Ford doesn’t seem to have revealed the size of those batteries yet.
But while some high-end electric cars have started offering 350kW charging speeds, the F-150 lighting is limited to 150kW DC fast charging. This is not a bad thing, as 350kW chargers are quite rare, but they put the car at a disadvantage on paper.
The fast charging of the extended range model can restore 54 miles of range in 10 minutes and can charge from 15% to 80% in 41 minutes. The standard range model takes a little longer with 41 miles of range in 10 minutes, and it takes 44 minutes to go from 15% to 80%.
The Ford F-150 also offers an AC charge of up to 19.2 kW, which can fully recharge the car in about eight hours. The car will also come with a 32-amp mobile charger as standard, allowing you to plug it into a wall outlet and slowly charge your car if a faster charger is not available.
Ford also allows drivers to use their car as a “generator.” In other words, you can connect it to the car and use battery power to get things done. This is called Pro Power Onboard, and it basically means you can take advantage of 11 outlets scattered throughout the truck, including four 120v outlets in the front trunk, two in the cab, and four in the bed, plus an additional power outlet for 240v in the box.
The F-150 Lightning can also be used as a backup power source if your home power goes out. 9.6kW of power can come from the car, which Ford says can deliver up to three days of power to the home. Obviously you will need a Ford Charge Station Pro at home and it will only work if the car is plugged in.
Ford F-150 Lightning: Diseño e interior
If you like the current design of the Ford F-150, then the F-150 Lightning should feel incredibly familiar. While some electric car manufacturers want their EV range to stand out, Ford has clearly gone with the idea that you don’t need to fix something that isn’t broken. So the F-150 Lighting looks a lot like a gasoline model.
Ford CEO Jim Farley even said Podcast de The Verge’s Decoder that: «There are many flavors of soft drinks, but there is only one Coke, and there will be many tricks of electric harvesting, [but] there is only one F-150 ‘. In other words, Ford knows how iconic its truck is and is not going to compromise that. Presumably you don’t want a »New Coke« situation on your hands.
There are some changes, of course. The front grill does not need to allow air flow, so it has been redesigned. There is also a continuous light bar at the front of the truck, which was not on the gasoline or hybrid models. But other than those two things, you’ll probably only realize this is electric after noticing there is no exhaust.
In terms of cargo, its front trunk has 14.1 cubic feet of space and can carry up to 400 pounds of stuff. That’s a lot, and that’s why Ford calls it the ‘Mega Power Frunk’. The rear bed is the same size as other F-150s, which also means that it should be compatible with any other accessories you may have or want to buy.
Like many electric cars, Force has opted for a large infotainment touchscreen, though like the Mustang Mach-E, this 15.5-inch display is vertical rather than horizontal. The company hasn’t abandoned all physical buttons either, for which we can be thankful. That includes a physical dial built into the display that should allow you to control aspects of the car without taking your eyes off the road.
Naturally, you will also have options for voice control, connected navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and cloud connectivity.
But that is not all. The interior also features a fold-down workstation in the center console, and the two front seats can be fully folded down. In other words, if you’re someone who spends a lot of time in your truck, Ford makes sure the F-150 has all the things that can make it more comfortable and convenient.
Ford F-150 Lightning: autonomous driving and special features
The F-150 Lightning isn’t going to be stingy with smart features either, and it comes with a hands-free driver assistance system called the BlueCruise. The system was scheduled to launch on the 2021 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E later this year, but has now been Late until 2022. The feature allows you to take your hands off the wheel when driving on the highway.
It’s not a completely autonomous feature, and while the BlueCruise can control steering and acceleration, it will also include an infrared camera to track the driver’s eyes to make sure they’re paying attention to the road.
The F-150 Lighting will also feature Ford’s new Smart Hitch Assist, which will make it almost effortless to hitch a trailer in the rear. The truck also comes with a “Phone As A Key” feature, which will connect to your smartphone via the FordPass app and allow you to start the engine without having your usual key fob.
Ford F-150 Lightning: Perspectiva
It’s very clear that Ford knows who it’s targeting with the F-150 lighting. The gas-powered F-150 has long been America’s best-selling car, and Ford is making sure those loyal customers aren’t alienated by the switch to electric.
So we’re going to get a truck that looks and works just like current F-150 models. That’s not to say it won’t come with all the features you’d expect from an electric car, which will certainly work in Ford’s favor. Also, when it comes to electric cars, the base model isn’t particularly expensive. So the F-150 Lightning is definitely one to watch as the months go by.
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