Running fully electric F-150 Lightning, Ford has embarked on its most ambitious innovation since the T model, resulting in a fast and capable zero-emission pickup. Lightning divides most of the body and cab of the regular F-150, but replaces the petrol-powered V-6 and V-8 variants of this truck with a pair of electric motors and one of two different batteries. The Standard-Range battery is said to provide up to 230 miles on a single charge and the Extended-Range package offers up to 320 miles. This is not the first electric pickup to hit the market –Hummer EV SUT from GMC and Rivian R1T launched this year as well. None of these trucks, however, have the power name F-150 behind them and the electric version America’s favorite truck starts at a much more affordable price than competitors.
What’s new in 2022?
While he uses a title from Ford’s last performance, F-150 Lightning is a completely new model for the Ford 2022 truck line. All-wheel drive is standard, and the EV pickup is capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds.
Prices and which to buy
Although Ford announced base model Pro with attractive starting price, it does not have many benefits for creatures. We would choose the more desirable and better equipped XLT finish. The Extended-Range battery adds a one-time fee of $ 10,000, but if you plan to travel long distances or use Lightning for towing, this can be a good investment. Unfortunately, to add this great battery to the XLT model, you also have to add the 312A High package for $ 9,500. Fortunately, this package includes a very long list of desired equipment to justify its price, including adaptive cruise control, Ford Pro Power Onboard generator function, heated front seats and steering wheel, electrically operated rear doors, instrument panel navigation and more. more.
EV engine, power and performance
All F-150 Lightning models come standard with two electric motors and all-wheel drive. With a standard range battery the engine power is 452 horsepower, but with an extended range battery the power goes up to 580; Peak torque is an impressive 775 lb-ft with any setup. Performance should be high, and we expect the Extended-Range battery model to accelerate to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. During our first test drive, we praised Lightning for his, um, lightning-fast overclocking and were pleasantly surprised that he managed to maintain the normal refined manners of the F-150. Anyway, driving the Lightning is a little more enjoyable, thanks to a lower center of gravity that helps control body roll. If we have the opportunity to conduct the F-150 Lightning on our test track, we will update this story with test results and additional driving experiences.
Towing and load capacity
Ford organized the event in July 2019 to prove that a prototype EV pickup truck can tow a 1,000,000-pound line of train cars loaded with F-150s. The official maximum towing capacity the serial model is only 10,000 pounds, but only trucks with an optional Extended Range battery are capable of such feats. Standard range battery models are limited to a capacity of 7700 pounds. Load capacity reaches 2,000 pounds for the Standard-Range model and only 1,800 pounds for the Extended-Range.
Range, charge and battery life
With a smaller battery capacity of 98.0 kW / h Ford claims a range of 230 miles on a single charge; Upgrading to a larger 131.0 kW / h package increases the range to 320 miles. Buyers will be able to charge their F-150 Lightnings at home through 110- and 220-volt outlets, but the truck is also capable of charging at public fast DC charging stations, and Ford says it can charge 15 to 80 percent of its battery capacity in 44 minutes. Ford also developed the F-150 Lightning to serve them backup generator and says a fully charged truck can provide up to three days of electricity for the average family in the event of a power outage.
Fuel economy and MPGe in the real world
The EPA rated the F-150 Lightning Extended-Range at 78 MPGe per city and 63 MPGe per highway; Standard-Range models are slightly less efficient at 76 MPGe per city and 61 MPGe per highway. If we have the opportunity, we will subject the F-150 Lightning to our fuel economy test on the 75 mph highway and update this story with results. For more information on fuel economy F-150 Lightning visit EPA website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Like the truck’s appearance, the F-150 Lightning’s cab is almost the same as the petrol-powered F-150, with a few key differences such as a very large infotainment display and a three-dimensional front boot. The F-150 Lightning is only offered as a crew cabin with a 5.5-foot bed. While Ford may later offer configurations of the regular (two-door) or SuperCab (rear half-doors) configurations, we think most buyers will appreciate the roomy four-door cabin. Speaking of capacity, the F-150 Lightning offers a large front trunk (base) that uses the empty space where a conventional F-150 engine will be located to carry extra cargo weighing up to 400 pounds.
Infotainment program and communication
A 12.0-inch touchscreen system with the latest Ford Sync 4 software is standard, but the Lariat and Platinum models come with an even larger 15.0-inch display. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in navigation and Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard. Ford will use the partnership with Bang & Olufsen to deliver two different additional premium stereos: one with eight speakers in the Lariat and one with 18 speakers in the Platinum.
Safety and driver assistance functions
Many driver assistance features are standard, with Ford’s new semi-autonomous BlueCruise driving mode offered as an option. For more information on the results of the F-150 Lightning crash test, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) websites. Key security features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure warning with lane keeping assistance
- Adaptive cruise control with hands-free driving is available
Warranty coverage and maintenance
The F-150 Lightning is protected by Ford’s core warranty package, but also includes an eight-year / 100,000-mile policy for electric vehicle components. This additional warranty is consistent with the warranty of other EV competitors.
- The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- The transmission warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- The warranty on battery components covers 8 years or 100,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
Ford F-150 Lightning 2022
Car type: front and rear engine, all-wheel drive, 5 passengers, 4-door pickup
Base: Pro, $ 41,769; XLT, $ 54,769; Laryat, $ 69,269; XLT extended range, $ 74,269; Lariat Extended Range, $ 79,269; Platinum, $ 92,669
Front motor: synchronous AC with permanent magnets
Medium motor: synchronous AC with permanent magnet
Combined power: 452 or 580 hp
Combined torque: 775 lb-ft
Battery: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 98.0 or 131.0 kW / h
On-board charger: 11.3 or 19.2 kW
Transmissions: direct drives
Wheelbase: 145.5 inches
Length: 232.7 inches
Width: 80.0 inches
Height: 78.3 inches
Passenger volume: 136 feet3
Frunk volume: 14 feet3
Net weight (C / D calculation): 6400–7000 pounds
PERFORMANCE (C / D EST)
60 mph: 4.5-5.0 sec
100 mph: 11.0-13.0 sec
1/4 mile: 13.1–14.0 sec
Top speed: 110 mph
EPA FUEL SAVINGS
Combined / City / Highway: 66–70 / 73–78 / 60–63 MPGe
Range: 230-320 miles