The F-150 Lightning is a new choice for Ford customers who want all the utility of a pickup truck but with the added benefit of an electric drivetrain.
First and foremost, let’s get down to business. The F-150 Lightning will be available with two Lithium-ion battery options: a standard-range battery and an extended-range battery (exact capacity of both yet to be revealed), with a range of 370 km and 483 km, respectively.
The standard-range battery variant produces 426 HP and 1051 Nm, while the extended-range variant churns out 563 HP and the same torque output. The Lightning can tow up to 4.5 tonnes and carry a payload of up to 907 kg thanks to its high power torque figures.
The Lightning retains the F-150’s appearance, but it gets new LED light bars at the front and rear. The pickup will be available with three separate grille styles, all of which seem to have been smoothed out for better aerodynamic performance.
A huge 400-litre cargo space is hidden underneath the power-operated front boot, which Ford says is the largest “frunk” on the market. It can also carry up to 181 kg of payload, but the rear cargo bed, with a box capacity of 1495 litres, comfortably outclasses it.
The Ford F-150 Lightning has a digital instrument cluster and a 15.5-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen (SYNC4A infotainment system) with cloud-connected navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice control, and over-the-air software updates on the inside.
It also has “Intelligent Range” software, which calculates the remaining driving range based on factors such as payload and towing. Ford has installed a Lightning 11.3 kW onboard charger for the standard-range battery and a 19.2 kW one for the extended-range battery to make it a practical vehicle to use.
With a 50 kW DC charger, the car’s battery can be charged from 15 to 80 percent in 1.5-2 hours, whereas with a 150 kW charger, it can be achieved in just over 40 minutes.
During a power outage, the electric pickup can, of course, be used to power one’s house. A fully charged extended-range battery pack, according to Ford, will power a home for up to three days. Isn`t that awesome!
The F-150 Lightning will be equipped with a variety of passive and active safety systems, as well as Ford’s BlueCruise (hands-free) L2 driver-assistance system, which will be available as an option.
The F-150 Lightning will go on sale in the United States in the spring of 2022, with prices ranging from $39,974 to $90,000 with consumers receiving a $7500 federal EV credit.
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