With the announcement of the 2022Ford F-150 Electric Lightning Pickup, Ford’s iconic pickup truck is set to become one of the most affordable EV’s in America.
The Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the United States. You heard it right, not just TRUCK, but the best selling VEHICLE in the United States, and Ford has managed to do so for a better part of four decades.
Just to put that into context, just this one vehicle brings in upwards of $40 billion in revenues annually. These revenues are greater than those of major American Corporations like Visa, Coca Cola & Nike to name a few.
Ford has decided to bring back the F-150 Lightning, a name from the company’s illustrious history. However, this time, the mark will be applied to the company’s first all-electric pickup truck, rather than a performance variant of the gas-powered model, as it was in 1993 with a supercharged V8 F-150 SVT Lightning.
The F-150 lightning now lets American Buyers choose an all-electric version of their favorite Vehicle.
The base model, which has a range of 230 miles, starts at $39,977
The extended-range version, which has a range of about 300 miles, starts in the mid-$50,000s
A dual-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration on the new truck promises serious acceleration.
Over-the-air software updates, and improved performance over the initial F-150 Lightning.
An F-150 first, an EV second
Although the Lightning is quieter than the F-150s we’re used to, Ford promises us that it will still perform all of the truck’s functions as well as or better than any of its internally combusted siblings.
The F-150 Lightning, which has full-time electric 4×4 like the gas models, has a military-grade aluminum-alloy body and metal skid plates on the underbody to shield the battery and motors from rough terrain. A waterproof, crash-absorbent shell protects the battery, which is Ford’s most significant lithium-ion device to date.
When you decide to buy the all-electric version of the F-150, you’ll be able to choose from four different trim levels. The complete rundown for both of these trims, as well as the two different battery pack options, can be found below.
Dramatic looks: Design and Architecture
The F-150 EV has a streamlined body, but the interior retains the space and main features F-150 owners have come to expect. The Exterior features LED headlights and taillights, and light bars that extend the length of the hood and tailgate are the most visible exterior improvements.
The body is elegant and fresh. 22-inch aerodynamic wheels complete the look. The cargo room is illuminated by LED lights placed on the hood, making it easy to find gear at night.
Ford chose the most common Lightning SuperCrew configuration and had no plans to add any more. The additional cargo space in the trunk negates the need for a longer bed to some extent.
The hood is connected to the blacked-out chrome grille (which matches the chrome on the beltline) and opens as a unit to reach the frunk. The wheels are available in 18-, 20-, and 22-inch sizes and have an aerodynamic beveled feature. An all-new, elongated, aerodynamic running board is also available on the F-150 Lightning.
One of the most prominent exterior features includes the “Lightning” written in script on the sides of the room, and a Lightning emblem with an American flag badge is displayed on the tailgate. The latter concept appears to be prominent, as it can be seen on Jeeps and the latest Hummers.
The five-passenger cabin retains the majority of the new interior’s features and controls, with the addition of a wide 15.5-inch touch screen for top models. It’s in a vertical, tablet-style orientation instead of the horizontal, landscape orientation of the Gas versions of the F-150.
F-150 owners will recognize the majority of the interior. This accomplishes two goals. It keeps standard features like a shifter that disappears into the console to build a flat, laptop-friendly workspace while still enabling business customers to do whatever they can in an ICE F-150 in a Lightning.
The cabin of the F-150 EV is similar to that of the gasoline-powered F-150, with a few notable exceptions, such as an extra-large infotainment monitor and a sizeable front-trunk cargo bay. The F-150 Lightning will be available only as a crew cab with a 5.5-foot bed at launch, but Ford will offer Regular (two-door) or SuperCab (rear half-doors) configurations later on, as well as more extended bed options.
Power And Performance
The standard-range model will have 426 horsepower (318 kW), while the extended range battery pack will have 563 horsepower (420 kW). With either battery pack, torque is a good 775 lb-ft (1051 Nm).
Ford does not have a 0-60 mph time for the standard range model (it will most likely be in the 5-second range) but claims that the extended-range model will reach 60 mph in the mid-4 second range.
As President Biden drove it yesterday, he said it took him 4.4 seconds. For comparison, a Ford F-150 with the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 produces 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 500 pound-ft of torque (678 Nm). The turbocharged truck takes nearly a second longer to reach 60 mph.
All Lightning models come with 4×4 (AWD because it’s full-time and not selectable) thanks to the F-150 Lightning’s dual-motor configuration (one on each axle). The F-150 EV will only be available in one configuration: the SuperCrew cab with the short 5.5-footbed.
We don’t know if other body designs would be available later in the manufacturing process. All models come with four drive modes: Normal, Sport, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul. The Lightning is the first F-Series model to feature an independent rear suspension system.
Payload And Towing
In July 2019, Ford held a demonstration to show that a prototype of the electric pickup could tow a 1,000,000-pound train car loaded with F-150s. The production model’s maximum towing capacity is only 10,000 pounds, but only trucks equipped with the Extended Range battery can handle such feats.
One of the biggest frustrations for any pickup truck owner is not having access to an enclosed cargo area. A regular pickup truck normally has in most cases an exposed bed for storage. With the Lightning, that’s no longer the case as Ford’s new EV Pick up truck has a sizeable frunk with room for two golf clubs.
As a result, consumers get the best of both worlds with the ability to haul stuff in the bed while also having the flexibility of stowing away stuff in the enclosed frunk, away from being exposed to the elements.
The power of Standard-Range battery models is limited to 7700 pounds. The Standard-Range model has a payload capacity of 2000 pounds, while the Extended-Range model has a payload capacity of 1800 pounds.
With the suitable towing kit, the EcoBoost F-150 with the 3.5-liter V-6 has a towing capacity of between 11,000 and 14,000 pounds. This gas model’s maximum payload capacity is between 2,050 and 3,250 pounds.
HP 563 The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will become America’s best-selling vehicle, and it will be electric.
Batteries & Range
Ford did not reveal the size of the Lightning’s pouch-style lithium-ion battery packs. The high-energy-density cells use a nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode chemistry with particularly low cobalt loading. They will come from the new SK Innovation battery plant in Georgia. For repairs, technicians will be able to remove suitcase-sized sections of the battery.
The skateboard is flat and low, which makes loading items into the front trunk (frunk) easier. The front suspension was also bolstered to give the frunk a payload of 400 pounds.
There are several at-home charging options for the F-150 Lightning. Both standard and extended range models come with a low 32-amp charger that adds about 13 miles (21 km) of driving range per hour in the standard range model and 14 miles (23 km) of range per hour in the extended range. A 15-100 percent charge will take about 14 hours in the standard range and 19 in the extended range.
With the smaller of the two battery packs, Ford claims a driving range of 230 miles on a single charge; upgrading to the larger pack boosts the driving range to 300 miles.
The F-150 is the worlds most popular and trusted truck, and the F150 Lightning will be the smartest, cleanest F-150 ever. As America’s favorite vehicle is now elecrified, this is a defining moment for our company and a watershed moment for the industry.
Bill Ford – EC at Ford Motor Company
Ford did not reveal the size of the Lightning’s pouch-style lithium-ion battery packs. Nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode chemistry with a low cobalt loading is used in the high-energy-density cells. They’ll come from Georgia’s latest SK Innovation battery factory. Technicians would be able to cut parts of the battery the size of a suitcase for repairs.
Since the skateboard is flat and short, it is easier to load things into the front trunk (frunk). The front suspension had also been beefed up to allow for a 400-pound payload in the trunk.
The F-150 Lightning can be charged at home in a variety of ways. Ford estimates a driving range of 230 miles per charge for the smaller of the two battery packs; upgrading to the larger battery pack increases the range to 300 miles.
An EV that powers your House or Business
The F-150 Lightning introduces Ford Intelligent Backup Power, a brand-new feature. Due to the Lightning’s ability to offload 9.6 kW of electricity, it can be used as a backup power source if your home’s power goes out.
You’ll need the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and a home management system that Ford will help you set up to get this new feature. When the electricity goes out, the Lightning begins to power your home, and once the power is restored, the electric truck resumes charging its battery.
Ford F-150 Electric Lightning Pickup Price
Perhaps the biggest surprise here isn’t the truck’s efficiency but relatively affordable starting price, as the 2022 F-150 Lightning will begin at just $39,974 well before government rebates and the federal tax credit. Granted, this only gets you into a basic, commercially focused model, but it’s still a start.
A fully electric truck for less than the cheapest AWD Tesla Model 3 and Ford’s very own Mustang Mach-E crossover? That is something to be proud of. The XLT trim has a sticker price of $52,974 with the extended range battery that can be spec-ed up to about $90,000 if you want one with all the bells and whistles.
Reservation Process Details: With a $100 deposit required to secure a spot on the waiting list. Officials won’t tell how many orders would make up a sold-out first model year, but demand is expected to be high. The Lightning would initially be available only in North America, with around 2,300 of Ford’s 3,000 U.S. dealers licensed to sell and operate electric vehicles.
On a Concluding Note
With the industry set to go electric, maybe a vehicle like the F-150 is what the market really needed to convince the masses that the Electric revolution is real and here to stay.Ford had to tread this line with care especially with an iconic truck like the F Series PickUp truck line.
This could be a turning point in the EV market with Ford going after, not just the lifestyle truck buyer, but the traditional Truck buyer who uses a truck for work out in the field.
Rivals like GMC’s Hummer EV Truck are almost ready to go on sale, and Rivian’s rival truck could beat Ford to market. On the other hand, none of those trucks have the F-150 name attached to them, and the electric version of America’s favorite truck will undoubtedly be a show-stopper when it hits the market in spring 2022. The EV truck wars are all set to commence.
Ford has stated that deliveries will begin in spring 2022, so expect a one-year wait from reservation to delivery, assuming no delays. The chip shortage has already disrupted many manufacturers’ plans, so delays are more frequent than ever.
If the idea of going electric still hasn’t convinced you yet, then the price and capability of the F-150 Lightning certainly will. The starting price alone makes a strong case for anyone considering a truck, let alone one that’s an EV pickup truck making the switch seamless.
What kind of batteries will the electric Ford F-150 have?
Li-ion batteries are expected, but their source is unknown for the time being. LG Chem, the current cell supplier for the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit, may continue to work with Ford.
When will Ford introduce the electric F-150?
The F-150 won’t be available until the summer of 2022, but even that date isn’t guaranteed because Ford could face logistical issues along the way.
How much will the electric Ford F-150 tow?
Although Ford’s train-pulling stunt gave the impression that the F-150 could tow one million pounds, that isn’t the official ranking. Expect something more realistic, but given the instant torque offered by the e-motors, it should still be a significant amount, hopefully.
Will the electric F-150 be better than the Tesla Cybertruck?
The F-150’s powertrain is kept a closely guarded secret by Ford, which means that information like horsepower, torque, range, and towing capability is practically unknown. As a result, we’ll have to wait for official specifications to make a decision.