2022 Ford F-150 Lightning First Look: The Electric Pick-up Has an Amazingly Low Price, Huge Specifications<br>


Ford's all-electric full-size pickup truck is a force of nature plugged into a best-selling schedule.



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Steven PhamPhotographerManufacturerPhotographerAlisa PriddleAuthorMay 20, 2021

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning full-size all-electric pickup is a thunderbolt that strikes at the heart of a market hurtling towards fostering of electrical cars. That heart is shaped like, well, the American full-size pickup truck market.



The F-150 has actually been the very successful vehicle for 44 years running, as well as Ford has tampered with it big time to generate the brand-new electrical Lightning. (Ford made use of the name formerly on its SVT-branded performance pickup terminated after the 2004 model year.) The F-150's burning engine is changed with batteries as well as electrical motors, usually an irrelevant, regulation-satisfying pivot in today's cars and truck market, yet on a high-volume lorry such as the F-150, it potentially represents a seismic shift-- not just for Ford however also for the sector and its general adoption of EVs. As well as with the base work vehicle lugging a starting cost of $41,669 (the MSRP minus the called for location costs is simply under $40,000, as well as it qualifies for Federal and state EV tax obligation incentives), Ford sends a strong message that you don't require deep pockets to go electrical.



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The Lightning does not replace the "normal" F-150. It rather expands the truck household with a smoother, a lot more aerodynamic electrical variation with amazing lights as well as wheels. It comes only with the four-door SuperCrew taxicab and also a 5.5-foot bed. The look stands out, with traces of Mustang Mach-E, but continues to be promptly identifiable as an F-150. Ford leadership informed the truck's developers it really did not want the 2022 Lightning to look like a scientific research experiment.



Why should a dedicated pickup customer consider the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning when it takes place sale in Might 2022? Because it flaunts few compromises yet delivers different outstanding features that may make the conventional vehicle appear like a straight-out Luddite.



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A few crucial F-150 Lightning specifications:



The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a five-passenger SuperCrew taxicab with a 5.5-foot bed. These coincide measurements as its conventional equivalent, indicating typical devices as well as equipment will certainly function and fit just the same.

Optimum haul of 2,000 extra pounds, of which 400 pounds can enter the frunk where the engine made use of to be.

It can tow approximately 10,000 extra pounds.

With prolonged battery: 563 horse power, 775 lb-ft of torque, and also a driving variety of concerning 300 miles on a solitary fee.

With standard battery: 426 hp, 775 lb-ft, and also a range of regarding 230 miles.

Front as well as back electric motors supply common four-wheel drive, and skidplates shield the underbody while off-roading.

It keeps the full-size spare tire in the back.



Equally as sudden as an actual lightning strike, the F-150 Lightning comes to be the quickest and most effective F-150 in the schedule. Ford estimates it can increase from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 secs. The quickest Ford F-150 MotorTrend has checked was the previous-generation off-road Raptor design, with a best time of 5.2 seconds.



An additional bottom line: The 2022 Ford Lightning becomes the very first F-150 to obtain an independent back suspension-- required for packaging the rear motor-- along with its matching advantages to ride and also managing. The truck does not have air suspension.



Simply put, the Lightning not just goes electrical however likewise addresses common issues individuals have of most vehicles: gas economic situation, flight, and handling.



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Just how Else Does The Lightning Differ From The Basic F-150?

Riding on a new EV system, with the most recent electrical architecture and fourth-generation electronic devices, the F-150 Lightning comes to be the most intelligent as well as most connected vehicle in Ford's lineup, using a new riches of functions and apps, in addition to a gigantic 15.5-inch touchscreen to gain access to much of them.



It also makes it easier to obtain over-the-air software updates throughout its life time to resolve prospective concerns and to additionally upgrade and also add brand-new functions, such as far better maps, smooth billing as well as repayment, or improved BlueCruise, Ford's hands-free highway-driving aid system.



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Perhaps the most stunning Lightning attribute is its starting price. As discussed, the base work truck starts at $41,669 and is available for both retail as well as fleet consumers. It is one of 4 trims; the others are the popular XLT (which starts at $54,669), Lariat (beginning rate upcoming), as well as Platinum (concerning $90,000).



For contrast, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV electrical pickup launches this loss with the totally packed Edition 1, which begins at $112,595. The most affordable trim, the EV2, runs $79,995 as well as will not be available until 2024. You can buy two Lightning XLTs for the cost of a Hummer Version 1. Another competitor, the 2021 Rivian R1T that takes place sale next month, starts at $67,500. Tesla continues to establish the Cybertruck, which it intends to cost $39,900, however previous experience recommends it will certainly sticker for much more, and the launch date, potentially by year end, may be fluid going on late.



Ford is taking bookings for the Lightning now, requiring a $100 deposit to jump on the checklist. Officials won't state how many orders will comprise a sold-out very first model year, yet the business expects strong need. Regarding 2,300 of Ford's 3,000 U.S. suppliers are licensed to offer as well as service EVs, as well as the Lightning at first will only be readily available in The United States and Canada.



Meet Ford's New Skateboard (As Well As Battery).

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has been in the benefit regarding 3 years, and also it is the first lorry on a brand-new devoted electric-vehicle system. The skateboard was developed from scratch with a brand-new framework placing the battery pack between the rails, expanding in between the front and back electric motors. There are no plans to include a 3rd electric motor for efficiency. An exoskeleton, water resistant covering, and also full-body metal skidplates secure the battery.



Ford did not expose the size of the Lightning's pouch-style lithium-ion battery packs. The high-energy-density cells make use of a nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode chemistry with especially reduced cobalt loading. They will come from the new SK Advancement battery plant in Georgia. For repair work, specialists will be able to get rid of suitcase-sized areas of the battery.



The skateboard is flat and reduced, which makes packing things into the front trunk (frunk) simpler. The front suspension was likewise strengthened to give the frunk a payload of 400 extra pounds.



Batteries are hefty, and the truck evaluates concerning 6,500 pounds, approximately 1,000 more than the very same truck with the 3.5-liter engine. The batteries alone consider regarding 1,800 pounds, Ford officials informed President Joe Biden throughout an excursion of the Rouge Complicated in Dearborn, Michigan, where the truck will certainly be set up. Biden later took one of the Lightnings for a spin in a vacant lot, with an U.S. Secret Service agent in the passenger seat. "This fool's quick," the commander in chief said afterward.



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Charging The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

All trucks include a mobile battery charger that can either plug into a conventional 240-volt outlet, which gives concerning 13 miles per billing hr at 32 amps, or into a regular 120-volt electrical outlet to bill at 3 miles per hr. The new 80-amp house charger, Ford Charge Terminal Pro, is the much better method to go, charging up 30 miles of array in a hr and getting the bigger extended-range battery from 15 to 100 percent charge in concerning 8 hrs. 2018 ford f150 raptor style grille



At a DC quick battery charger, the extended-range Lightning can obtain 54 miles of array in 10 minutes as well as cost from 15 to 80 percent in concerning 41 mins. The charge port is on the front vehicle driver's side of the automobile, instead of the Hummer, which places the port at the back of the vehicle on the assumption owners will back right into the battery charger stations.



The Lightning uses 400-volt billing, as compared to 800-volt billing for the Hummer.



Ford has actually patched together a network of 63,000 charge plugs from diverse companions, as well as the number expands. On-screen applications assist locate available chargers and also are expected to show, in real time, if they are functioning and also readily available. Customers can use the FordPass app to access them. Customers will receive the initial 250 kW free, which need to benefit concerning 4 complete charges. The onboard Intelligent Array function will certainly figure out the very best locations to charge, considering weather, web traffic, haul (determined by onboard sensing units), lugging weights, your driving routines, and also much more, to change the variety accordingly.



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Making Use Of The Ford Lightning To Power Nearly Whatever.

The truck can export as much as 9.6 kW of power-- you can attract 2.4 kW from outlets in the frunk and also an additional 7.2 kW from those in the bed. For comparison, you can unload 7.2 kW (maximum) from the F-150 Hybrid.



With Pro Power Onboard, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning can power devices at a worksite or playthings at a camping area or your house (temporarily). The Lightning has 11 outlets for power, with 4 120-volt electrical outlets and one 240-volt outlet in the bed, as well as 4 even more 120-volt electrical outlets in the frunk. If you add USB ports, there are 21 electrical outlets complete, equaling some apartment or condos.



If the battery level falls listed below a 3rd of its complete array, drivers will certainly obtain a FordPass notice to decide whether to maintain powering devices or maintain the power for travel. The all-electric F-150 can be programmed to stop using Pro Power Onboard when the battery level comes close to the range to the next cost station.



With the home combination system, if there is a power outage, you can also power your house for 3 days-- 10 days if you ration-- with 9.6 kW of Ford Intelligent Back-up Power. If the truck is connected in the house, the computerized system will acknowledge the power is out and also draw juice from the truck, through the wall surface box, and also into the inverter, which is tied to the residence's central electrical system. When power is restored, the vehicle will certainly return to charging.



In the future, Ford Intelligent Power will certainly permit you to charge your vehicle overnight when electricity is least costly and send out the power back right into the house throughout high-cost, peak-energy hrs to assist keep general expenses down.



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Looks Issue.

Ford opted for the most preferred arrangement for the Lightning-- SuperCrew-- and it does not intend to include others. The extra freight room in the frunk somewhat negates the requirement for a much longer bed.



Lights is vital to the appearance. Light bars cover the vehicle's size front and also back, making it look a little bit more advanced. Fronts lights as well as taillamps have their very own trademark shape, and outside zone lights surrounds the vehicle. There are also lights in the frunk and also in the bed.



The blacked-out chrome grille (which matches the chrome on the beltline) is affixed to the hood; they open as an unit to access the frunk. The wheels have an aerodynamic beveled design as well as can be found in 18-, 20-, and 22-inch dimensions. The F-150 Lightning additionally sports a brand-new, lengthened, wind resistant running board.



The word "Lightning" is in script on the sides of the bed, and also the tailgate shows a Lightning badge with an American flag badge. The latter idea appears popular; it can be discovered on Jeeps as well as on the brand-new Hummers.



Interior, Tailgate, As Well As Box.

The cab is mainly the like the traditional F-150, with a huge exemption: Ford revamped the control panel to accommodate a 15.5-inch upright touchscreen for Lariat as well as Platinum trims, comparable to the one in the Mustang Mach-E EV, with some adjustments. It has a substantial "quantity" ring installed in the screen at the bottom-- fairly a wonder-- and it uses Ford's latest Sync 4A infotainment system. Several of the materials and also colors are additionally special to the Lightning.



The Lightning has the regular F-150's 180-degree reclining front seats for a nap as well as a console that flips over to create an office when the gearshift is folded out of the way. The tailgate opens up similarly, and also the job surface area and bottle openers are intact-- something consumers wanted. The cargo box maintains the same dimensions to alleviate the shift for past vehicle proprietors, who can quickly move their accessories and devices to the brand-new truck. More than 95 percent of devices rollover from the traditional F-150 to the Lightning.



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Now That's A Frunk.

Ford says the 2022 F-150 Lightning has the biggest as well as most effective frunk in the industry. It has a deeper subfrunk degree under the removable and also reversible nonskid mat. The grille opens as a single piece with the adjustable-height hood, and LED lights are embedded on the underside of the grille to illuminate the freight location.



The frunk has a reduced load flooring and uses 14.1 cubic feet of quantity, sufficient to hold 2 golf bags. It is a closed completely dry space but can accommodate wet as well as dirty products, with a drain in the subfrunk flooring. The underfloor bin has a cover that doubles as a divider to section the cargo hold. There are grocery store hooks, tie downs, as well as a freight net at the back.



Ford's Lightning provides 4 drive modes: Normal, Sport, Off-Road, and also Tow/Haul. To aid the motorist, cams offer a 360-degree sight. There are also box and also accessory cams, yet not a video camera below the vehicle to see the terrain below you when wheels impend as you're off-roading.



Onboard Scales is an additional great feature; it utilizes the truck's sensors to estimate haul, letting you know when you hit the F-150 Lightning's threshold. The input is fed to the trip coordinator, which changes your variety appropriately-- another means to assuage array stress and anxiety.



Pro Trailer Drawback Assist makes its launching on the Lightning; it controls guiding, throttle, and also brake inputs to straighten your ball hitch under your trailer coupler. You still need to hop bent on affix the trailer on your own.



Lightning Call.

Ford restored the Lightning name, first made use of in 1992 on a performance F-150 that was the globe's fastest production vehicle at the time. Since the name was introduced for the EV, it has actually gotten positive comments, advertising supervisor Brian Bell claimed. Fanatics are keyed for efficiency, and also those that don't keep in mind the initial-- Lightning buyers are anticipated to skew a bit younger, extra city, and with greater income than standard vehicle purchasers-- still assume it makes good sense for an electric vehicle.




" I like the Lightning name," chief engineer Linda Zhang said. "I believe we've done it justice." We assume so, as well.
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