Targeted peak torque rated at 775 pound-feet
Will come in two versions: Standard-Range and Extended-Range
Ford F-150 Lightning towing capacity rated at 10,000 pounds
There has been talk of an electric Ford F-150 for quite a while now, and it has now arrived. The new Ford F-150 Lightning unveiled tonight is Ford’s take on the growing electric pickup segment.
It will take on the GMC Hummer EV and Rivian R1T, and eventually the Cybertruck. Where it will immediately stand out is in terms of pricing, with Ford announcing a starting price of $39,974 US for the Ford F-150 Lightning ($58,000 in Canada). That’s half of what the GMC and Rivian will cost. It’s on par with the Cybertruck, sure, but who knows when Tesla’s truck will actually arrive.
The Ford F-150 Lightning arrives in spring 2022 and will be built at the new Ford electric vehicle centre at the Ford Rouge Complex in Dearborn.
Two Battery Options With Up to 300 Miles (483 kilometres) of Range
There will be two versions offered, the Standard-Range and the Extended-Range. Both will feature a dual-motor setup meaning all-wheel drive. The Standard-Range will develop a peak 426 horsepower with 775 pound-feet of torque. The Extended-Range will offer a peak of 563 horsepower and will reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in about 4.5 seconds, Ford says.
Range is rated at 230 miles (370 kilometres) standard with the Extended-Range battery offering 300 miles (483 kilometres).
Charging will take roughly 10 hours for the base model and 13 hours for the Extended-Range. That said, Ford will offer an exclusive 80-amp charge station called Ford Charging Pro charging station, for example, which reduces the E-R model’s charging time down to 8 hours. Moreover, Ford says owners will get 54 miles (86 kilometres) of range in 10 minutes using a DC fast charger with the Entended-Range, and 41 miles (66 kilometres) in the Standard-Range. The 80-amp system will add 25 miles (41 kilometres) per hour of charging.
Towing and Four-Wheel Drive
Towing capacity, what really matters to truck owners, is rated at 7,700 pounds in the Standard-Range and 10,000 pounds in the Extended-Range. Payload is 2,000 pounds and 1,800 pounds respectively.
When towing, the F-150 Lightning will provide owners with a real-time range estimate based on how much they are towing, the weather, the road they are using, and so forth. Called Intelligent Range, this system can also show payload weight and calculate how it will impact range.
Tests took the F-150 Lightning through Iowa Hill, California where it climbed and went down steep inclines, and Ford says an enhanced cooling system that better dissipates heat has been built-in to the F-150 Lightning.
As stated previously, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has four-wheel drive thanks to its dual-motor setup. The system is regulated with different drive modes including Normal, Sport, Off Road, and Tow/Haul. Off-road capability is enhanced through waterproof casing and skid plate protection for the battery and electric motors and underbody protection.
In the assisted driving department, Ford will introduce BlueCruise to the F-150 Lightning. Similar to the Cadillac’s SuperCruise system, the automated driving tech uses 100,000 miles of mapped roads to offer hands-free driving.
Other technology offered on the F-150 Lightning include Pro Trailer Hitch Assist which automates steering, throttle, and brake inputs to make hitching easier. Phone As A Key will allow the phone to be used to lock or unlock doors and start the F-150 Lightning as well.
A 15.5-inch centre touchscreen houses SYNC 4A which includes voice control, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and cloud-based navigation. There’s also a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Oh, and there are over-the-air updates as well.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will feature Ford’s first application of Intelligent Backup Power, meaning that it can be used to supply a house with energy. Capable of producing 9.6 kW of power, the Lightning has enough juice to power a home’s lights during an outage. The system is designed to kick in when a power outage is detected when the Lightning is plugged into the available 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, and revert back to charging once power is restored.
Ford eventually plans to introduce a system capable of charging a house intelligently during peak consumption hours to reduce energy costs. In the meantime, the Lightning will offer 2.4-kW and 7.2-kW ports front and back to power tools on the job site. A similar feature is available on the new Ford F-150 powered by the Powerboost hybrid, but the Lightning takes it to another level.
According to Jason Turnbull, Marketing Manager for the F-150 Lightning, the F-150 Lightning is a truck first and uses electrification to enhance required truck capabilities.
“F-150 Lightning buyers want a truck that has enough capability to get the job done, but that is also smart and connected so that they can be as productive as possible in this increasingly connected world”, he says. Keeping the F-150 Lightning looking like a traditional truck was also important, Turnbull adds.
Not only will the Lightning use electrification to improve performance, it will also use it to improve versatility. The front trunk, or frunk, created by the smaller electric powertrain translates into the largest cargo area of its kind in any electric vehicle according to Ford and can fit two golf bags. The F-150 Lightning will offer 400 litres (14.1 cubic feet) up front and 1,495 litres (52.8 cubic feet) in the back.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is part of Ford’s growing EV lineup which also features the Mustang Mach-E. Ford says it isn’t finished, however, as the company plans to invest $22 billion in electrification by 2025 in electrification.
Ford President Kumar Galhotra says the investment will help develop new technologies and provide an electrification ecosystem to help consumers transition to electric vehicles.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will certainly be an integral part of Ford’s electrification plans, and should become the flagship for Ford EVs. Will consumers get on board? They may not have any choice as electrification has definitely reached the truck segment.