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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning First Look: The Electric Pickup Has a Shockingly Low Cost, Huge Specs<br>
Ford's all-electric full-size pickup is a pressure of nature linked into a best-selling lineup.

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Steven PhamPhotographerManufacturerPhotographerAlisa PriddleAuthorMay 20, 2021

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning full-size all-electric pick-up is a thunderbolt that strikes at the heart of an industry hurtling towards adoption of electric autos. 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, and Ford has actually damaged it big time to produce the new electrical Lightning. (Ford used the name formerly on its SVT-branded performance pickup discontinued after the 2004 design year.) The F-150's burning engine is replaced with batteries as well as electrical motors, generally an irrelevant, regulation-satisfying pivot in today's vehicle market, but on a high-volume car such as the F-150, it possibly stands for a seismic change-- not just for Ford however likewise for the market as well as its overall fostering of EVs. And with the base work truck lugging a starting rate of $41,669 (the MSRP minus the called for location costs is simply under $40,000, and also it gets Federal and state EV tax incentives), Ford sends out a strong message that you don't require deep pockets to go electrical.




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The Lightning does not change the "regular" F-150. It rather expands the vehicle family with a smoother, more aerodynamic electrical variation with cool lighting as well as wheels. It comes only with the four-door SuperCrew taxicab as well as a 5.5-foot bed. The appearance is distinct, with traces of Mustang Mach-E, but stays quickly identifiable as an F-150. Ford management told the vehicle's designers it didn't want the 2022 Lightning to resemble a scientific research experiment.

Why should a faithful pickup truck buyer take into consideration the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning when it goes on sale in May 2022? Since it flaunts couple of compromises but supplies different outstanding features that might make the traditional truck resemble a straight-out Luddite.


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A few essential F-150 Lightning specifications:

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a five-passenger SuperCrew taxi with a 5.5-foot bed. These coincide dimensions as its traditional counterpart, suggesting typical accessories and devices will certainly function and fit all the same.

Optimum haul of 2,000 pounds, of which 400 extra 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 range of regarding 300 miles on a solitary cost.

With typical battery: 426 hp, 775 lb-ft, and also a variety of about 230 miles.

Front as well as rear electric motors give standard four-wheel drive, and also skidplates protect the underbody while off-roading.

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

Just as abrupt as an actual lightning strike, the F-150 Lightning becomes the quickest and also most powerful F-150 in the schedule. Ford estimates it can increase from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The quickest Ford F-150 MotorTrend has actually examined was the previous-generation off-road Raptor design, with a finest time of 5.2 seconds.

An additional key point: The 2022 Ford Lightning comes to be the first F-150 to get an independent rear suspension-- required for product packaging the rear motor-- together with its matching advantages to ride and handling. The vehicle does not have air suspension.

To put it simply, the Lightning not just goes electric but additionally addresses usual issues individuals have of many vehicles: gas economic climate, trip, and handling.

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

Riding on a brand-new EV platform, with the current electrical architecture and fourth-generation electronic devices, the F-150 Lightning becomes the smartest and also most connected truck in Ford's schedule, providing a new riches of features and apps, along with a huge 15.5-inch touchscreen to gain access to much of them.

It likewise makes it easier to obtain over-the-air software program updates throughout its life time to attend to prospective concerns and also to additionally update and also add brand-new attributes, such as better maps, smooth charging and also repayment, or enhanced BlueCruise, Ford's hands-free highway-driving aid system.

Please Repeat That Starting MSRP Again ...

Possibly the most surprising Lightning feature is its beginning cost. As mentioned, the base work truck starts at $41,669 as well as is readily available for both retail and fleet customers. It is just one of 4 trims; the others are the prominent XLT (which starts at $54,669), Lariat (starting cost honest), and also Platinum (about $90,000).

For contrast, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV electrical pick-up launches this autumn with the fully filled Version 1, which begins at $112,595. The most affordable trim, the EV2, runs $79,995 and won't be offered until 2024. You can purchase two Lightning XLTs for the price of a Hummer Version 1. An additional rival, the 2021 Rivian R1T that takes place sale next month, starts at $67,500. Tesla continues to create the Cybertruck, which it intends to cost $39,900, however past experience suggests it will certainly sticker for much more, and also the launch day, potentially by year end, may be fluid going on late.

Ford is taking reservations for the Lightning currently, needing a $100 down payment to jump on the checklist. Officials won't state the number of orders will make up a sold-out very first model year, but the company anticipates strong need. Regarding 2,300 of Ford's 3,000 UNITED STATE dealerships are licensed to sell as well as service EVs, as well as the Lightning initially will just be available in North America.

Meet Ford's New Skateboard (And Battery).

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has actually been in the benefit about three years, and also it is the initial vehicle on a brand-new specialized electric-vehicle platform. The skateboard was designed from scratch with a new frame placing the battery pack in between the rails, extending between the front and also rear electric motors. There are no strategies to include a third electric motor for performance. An exoskeleton, water-proof covering, and also full-body metal skidplates secure the battery.

Ford did not disclose the dimension of the Lightning's pouch-style lithium-ion battery loads. The high-energy-density cells use a nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode chemistry with particularly reduced cobalt loading. They will certainly originate from the new SK Advancement battery plant in Georgia. For repair work, technicians will be able to get rid of suitcase-sized sections of the battery.

The skateboard is level and low, which makes filling products into the front trunk (frunk) much easier. The front suspension was additionally bolstered to provide the frunk a payload of 400 pounds.

Batteries are heavy, as well as the vehicle considers regarding 6,500 extra pounds, about 1,000 greater than the very same associate the 3.5-liter engine. The batteries alone consider about 1,800 extra pounds, Ford authorities told President Joe Biden during an excursion of the Rouge Complicated in Dearborn, Michigan, where the vehicle will certainly be put together. Biden later took among the Lightnings for a spin in a vacant whole lot, with a UNITED STATE Secret Service representative in the guest seat. "This sucker's fast," the u.s. president claimed afterward.

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Charging The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

All vehicles include a mobile battery charger that can either connect into a typical 240-volt electrical outlet, which provides concerning 13 miles per charging hour at 32 amps, or right into a routine 120-volt electrical outlet to bill at 3 miles per hr. The brand-new 80-amp home charger, Ford Cost Station Pro, is the much better means to go, charging up 30 miles of array in an hour and getting the larger extended-range battery from 15 to 100 percent charge in about 8 hrs.

At a DC fast charger, the extended-range Lightning can obtain 54 miles of array in 10 mins and fee from 15 to 80 percent in about 41 minutes. The cost port is on the front driver's side of the vehicle, rather than the Hummer, which places the port at the back of the vehicle on the assumption proprietors will certainly back right into the battery charger terminals.

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

Ford has actually cobbled together a network of 63,000 fee plugs from assorted partners, and the number grows. On-screen applications aid locate offered chargers as well as are intended to show, in real time, if they are working and also readily available. Customers can utilize the FordPass app to access them. Customers will obtain the initial 250 kW free, which ought to benefit about 4 full fees. The onboard Smart Range function will figure out the very best areas to recharge, factoring in weather condition, website traffic, haul (identified by onboard sensors), lugging weights, your driving routines, as well as extra, to readjust the array as necessary.

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Utilizing The Ford Lightning To Power Just About Whatever.

The truck can export up to 9.6 kW of power-- you can draw 2.4 kW from outlets in the frunk and also an additional 7.2 kW from those in the bed. For contrast, you can offload 7.2 kW (maximum) from the F-150 Crossbreed.

With Pro Power Onboard, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning can power tools at a worksite or playthings at a campground or your residence (for a time). The Lightning has 11 electrical outlets for power, with 4 120-volt outlets and also one 240-volt outlet in the bed, and also 4 even more 120-volt electrical outlets in the frunk. If you include USB ports, there are 21 outlets complete, equaling some homes.

If the battery degree falls listed below a third of its full array, chauffeurs will certainly obtain a FordPass alert to decide whether to keep powering devices or protect the power for travel. The all-electric F-150 can be configured to stop making use of Pro Power Onboard when the battery degree comes close to the distance to the next cost terminal.

With the residence assimilation system, if there is a power interruption, you can additionally power your residence for three days-- 10 days if you ration-- with 9.6 kW of Ford Intelligent Backup Power. If the vehicle is plugged in at home, the automated system will certainly recognize the power is out and also draw juice from the truck, via the wall box, as well as right into the inverter, which is tied to the home's central electrical system. When power is restored, the car will return to charging.

In the future, Ford Intelligent Power will allow you to charge your vehicle overnight when electrical energy is least costly and also send out the power back into the house throughout high-cost, peak-energy hrs to help keep general prices down.

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Looks Issue.

Ford selected the most preferred configuration for the Lightning-- SuperCrew-- and also it does not prepare to include others. The additional freight room in the frunk somewhat negates the demand for a longer bed.

Illumination is crucial to the look. Light bars cover the car's size front and back, making it look a little bit extra advanced. Headlights as well as taillamps have their own signature form, and also exterior zone illumination encircles the lorry. There are additionally lights in the frunk as well as in the bed.

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

Words "Lightning" remains in manuscript on the sides of the bed, and also the tailgate displays a Lightning badge with an American flag badge. The last idea seems prominent; it can be located on Jeeps and on the brand-new Hummers.

Inside, Tailgate, And Box.

The taxi is mainly the same as the traditional F-150, with a big exemption: Ford upgraded the control panel to fit a 15.5-inch upright touchscreen for Lariat and also Platinum trims, comparable to the one in the Mustang Mach-E EV, with some adjustments. It has a massive "quantity" ring embedded in the display at the bottom-- fairly a wonder-- and also it makes use of Ford's newest Sync 4A infotainment system. Several of the materials and colors are additionally distinct to the Lightning.

The Lightning has the routine F-150's 180-degree reclining front seats for a nap and a console that turns over to create a workspace when the gearshift is folded out of the way. The tailgate opens the same way, as well as the job surface as well as bottle screw are undamaged-- something consumers desired. The cargo box maintains the same measurements to alleviate the change for past truck owners, that can quickly transfer their accessories and devices to the brand-new truck. Greater than 95 percent of accessories carry over 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 and also most powerful frunk in the sector. It has a much deeper subfrunk degree under the removable and relatively easy to fix nonskid mat. The grille opens as a solitary item with the adjustable-height hood, as well as LED lights are installed on the underside of the grille to light up the freight location.

The frunk has a reduced load flooring as well as offers 14.1 cubic feet of volume, sufficient to hold 2 golf bags. It is a closed completely dry room but can suit damp and filthy things, with a drain in the subfrunk floor. The underfloor container has a lid that functions as a divider panel to section the cargo hold. There are grocery hooks, connection downs, and also a freight net at the back.

Ford's Lightning provides 4 drive settings: Typical, Sporting Activity, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul. To help the driver, cameras offer a 360-degree sight. 2006 ford f150 raptor style grille There are also box and also device electronic cameras, yet not a cam underneath the vehicle to see the terrain listed below you when wheels are in the air as you're off-roading.

Onboard Scales is another cool attribute; it utilizes the truck's sensors to estimate payload, allowing you understand when you hit the F-150 Lightning's limit. The input is fed to the trip planner, which changes your range as necessary-- one more means to relieve range anxiety.

Pro Trailer Drawback Help makes its launching on the Lightning; it manages guiding, throttle, as well as brake inputs to straighten your ball hitch under your trailer coupler. You still need to jump out to connect the trailer on your own.

Lightning Call.

Ford brought back the Lightning name, initially made use of in 1992 on a performance F-150 that was the world's fastest manufacturing truck at the time. Given that the name was introduced for the EV, it has actually obtained favorable feedback, marketing manager Brian Bell said. 2019 ram 1500 classic grill replacement Enthusiasts are primed for efficiency, and also those that do not remember the original-- Lightning purchasers are anticipated to skew a little bit younger, extra metropolitan, and also with higher income than traditional vehicle customers-- still assume it makes sense for an electric vehicle.

" I love the Lightning name," chief engineer Linda Zhang said. "I think we've done it justice." We assume so, too.


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