After much anticipation, the fully electric, battery-powered ’22 Ford F-150 pickup is finally here and it’s called the Lightning. Ford has been teasing the truck’s existence and giving glimpses into development for quite a few years now. However, the unveiling finally gives us the full rundown on this impressive truck. The F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, something that Ford is immensely proud of, so when approaching how to build a battery-electric version of the pickup Ford knew they needed to get it right the first time.
At first glance, Ford has nailed it with the F-150 Lightning. The Lightning looks like a truck, it does all the things a truck needs to do, and comes in at a price that arguably won’t break the bank. The Lightning is the quickest and most powerful F-150 Ford has offered to date, and the most technologically advanced. Let’s take a look at some of the key features that are sure to turn any traditional pickup enthusiast into an instant fan, while answering some of the important questions along the way.
Addition to the F-150 Family
Truck fans can breathe a heavy sigh of relief as the all-new Lightning EV will not be replacing any models in Ford’s best-selling lineup. Instead, the battery-electric Lightning will be an addition to the family. However, Ford would only confirm that this is currently the case with F-150, and we would expect to see a thinning of the company’s internal combustion engine options as the F-150 Lightning becomes more readily available.
The Lightning Isn’t Ugly … is it?
We are very happy to report that future owners of the Lightning won’t have to explain to their HOA why there’s a doorstop or Transformer parked in their driveway. The F-150 Lightning looks just like a typical F-150 pickup, with a few Lightning-specific accents. The Lightning is offered as a five-passenger, crew-cab, short bed only and uses the same cab and bed as every other SuperCrew F-150. This also means that all of our favorite features of the new ’21 F-150 will be available on the Lightning, such as the lay-flat seats and folding shifter, along with all of Ford’s line of Boxlink bed accessories.
Yes, it Can Tow
It would be sacrilegious if Ford were to unveil a new pickup model and not give it impressive towing specs. For the Lightning, Ford is targeting a maximum towing ability of 7,700 pounds for models equipped with the standard range battery and up to 10,000 pounds with the extended-range battery. Why the difference in capacity? In simple terms, the larger, extended-range battery pack can provide greater voltage to the motors, which allows for increased horsepower, which then can be used to increase towing capacity. Ford notes that these are targeted figures as the truck has not been subjected to J2807 testing as of yet. We expect final towing figures to be released close to the on-sale date, and if anything, we’d expect them to increase just slightly.
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