The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is fully electric
It will offer up to 10,000 pounds of towing capacity
Pricing starts at $39,974 in the US and $58,000 in Canada
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning unveiled tonight is big news. It’s a fully electric version of North America’s most popular vehicle. But more than that, the Ford F-150 is an icon and now that icon is going electric.
We knew electrification would eventually reach the truck segment with multiple models coming, but the fact that the F-150 is going electric kind of confirms electric pickups will actually happen.
What’s New About the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning?
It’s Ford’s fully-electric pickup and there’s a lot going on with the new F-150 Lightning. It will be packed with tech, featuring an advanced automated driving system using mapping like Cadillac’s SuperCruise, it will have an automated trailer attachment system, over-the-air updates, and it can power your house. We won’t go into all the details again here, but you can read our comprehensive report on the new F-150 Lightning to learn more.
What matters is the specs and the F-150 Lightning delivers on paper. Two battery versions and four total trims will be offered. The batteries break down into Standard-Range and Extended-Range while the trims will include a work version, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum.
Standard-Range models will offer a peak horsepower rating of 426 horsepower with 775 pound-feet of torque while the Extended-Range will offer 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive will be standard thanks to a dual-motor setup with one motor powering each axle. Four drive modes will be available including Normal, Sport, Off Road, and Tow/Haul.
Ford says the Lightning can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in the mid 4 seconds.
Range is set at 230 miles (370 kilometres) standard with the Extended-Range battery offering 300 miles (483 kilometres).
The Ford F-150 Lightning will feature an available 80-amp charger called the Ford Charging Pro system that can add 25 miles (41 kilometres) of range per hour. Moreover, this system can function as a backup generator to power your house in the event of a power outage. Charging time on a standard station is 10 hours for the Standard-Range and 13 hours for the Extended-Range.
Towing capacity is 7,700 pounds for the standard battery and 10,000 pounds for the more powerful setup. Payload is 2,000 pounds and 1,800 pounds respectively.
The F-150 Lightning will measure a variety of factors including payload, towing load, weather, road, and driving behaviour to calculate estimated range based on current conditions. Ford has also equipped with the Lightning with an advanced cooling system to help with towing.
We’re skipping a lot of elements here because there really is a lot going on with the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. Again, more detailed info is the article linked above. Here, we get down to the nitty gritty.
How Much Will The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Cost?
Pricing is set at $39,974 in the US for the work version. In Canada, the same version starts at $58,000 while the XLT starts at $68,000. Ford hasn’t released pricing for the Lariat and Platinum trims.
When Will The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Arrive on the Market?
Spring 2022. It will be built at a new electric vehicle plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
Who Will The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Compete With?
There are a lot of electric pickups coming soon. The GMC Hummer EV looks like a direct competitor and so does the Rivian R1T. Both are more expensive, however. The Cybertruck from Tesla is in the Lightning’s price range, but who knows what is going on there or when it will arrive.
What Do We Think About the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning?
It’s clear Ford has been thinking about their electric F-150 for a long time. They didn’t just put an electric motor in the new F-150 and call it a day. There’s some advanced tech here, starting with the 80-amp charging capability and BlueCruise automated driving system. Torque and towing numbers are on point although some may find the 10,000-pound capacity limiting.
Ford says the F-150 Lightning is for a younger, more connected truck buyer. More importantly, the F-150 Lightning is the first electric truck to feel like it is more than a gimmick. This isn’t a knock on the GMC Hummer EV or the Rivian R1T, and we do see them as direct competitors, but the F-150 Lightning seems more mature and ready to go. There’s no crab walking or bulletproof windows, just a normal looking truck we all know that has the kind of specs truck buyers want.