Last week, Ford Authority covered the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, The Blue Oval’s first fully electric full-size pickup truck. But Ford has another Lightning variant in addition to that groundbreaking truck in the form of the Ford F-150 Lightning Pro: an entry level, commercial work truck ready to tackle anything fleet operators can throw at it.
Ted Cannis, General Manager of Ford’s North American Commercial Business, stated that every facet of the Ford F-150 Lightning was designed with commercial owners in mind. That allowed the Ford F-150 Lightning Pro to boast some built-in advantages right out of the gate, even without taking into account the work-oriented productivity software suite that will be available at launch.
In fact, the Pro isn’t a completely separate entity from the rest of the lineup, but rather an affordable, entry level variant positioned intelligently within the Lightning model range. Its attractiveness starts with a $39,974 base price for the standard range battery setup with a targeted 230 mile EPA range. That powertrain will be available to Pro retail and commercial customers. An extended range battery will allow fleets to drive a projected 300 miles before depleting that particular battery, and with a $49,974 base price, it represents an alluring option for commercial vehicle users who need a truck that can go a little bit farther between charging sessions. The extended range Pro will be exclusively reserved for commercial customers.
Standard Pro features like vinyl seating and a full-size spare tire augment the appeal of the Pro, but the killer app for the truck just might be its impressive overall output. The standard range models will pack a targeted 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque while the extended range variant will boost horsepower to an estimated 563. That torque output dwarfs any previous production F-150 by a substantial margin, and the icing on the cake is standard four-wheel drive.
Towing and payload figures are similarly destined to, at minimum, raise eyebrows. Base Pro models are projected to have a 2,000 pound maximum payload rating and up to 5,000 pounds of towing capability. An available Max Trailer Tow package will raise that latter figure to a respectable 7,700 pounds. All models come standard with a Class IV receiver. The extended range battery with the same package takes things even further with a 10,000 pound maximum towing rating.
Like the retail model, the Ford F-150 Lightning Pro includes some baked in features that will no doubt make it quite compelling for commercial customers, with the Mega Power Frunk being a standout piece of kit on every model, regardless of trim. Ford says the front trunk is rated for 400 pounds of payload, or roughly eight bags of Quikrete. Additionally, the Pro can generate power for operators who would otherwise need to haul a generator around to the job site, as the available 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard system can provide enough electricity at a four person job site for up to three days. Four 120 volt power outlets and two USB are standard on every Pro as well, and base models will also have Pro Power Onboard, with a still-impressive 2.4 kWh output.
Additionally, every Pro will come standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 and a 12-inch Sync 4 infotainment system. That latter feature will allow the Ford F-150 Lightning Pro to interface with the available Ford EV Telematics suite, which will also be offered on the 2022 Ford E-Transit. The specialized app will enable commercial operators access to key information about any Lightning Pro within their fleet, including range to empty, general behavioral trends, current vehicle charge status, and state of health, in addition to its current location. EV Telematics can also seamlessly process payment information as it relates to a corporate-wide account across multiple trucks, so a fleet of individual drivers can bill their company if they charge their assigned Pro at a public station or at their private residence.
This unprecedented, all-electric, work-oriented truck will not be impactful if commercial buyers could not extract cost-effective value out of them, but Ford is confident that these particular customers will immediately benefit from adopting the Pro into their fleets from day one. That starts with a residual value that’s projected to be at least as high as the gasoline models, which already command favorable rates when compared to the competition. Even better are the projected operating costs, which Ford estimates will be 40 percent less than an equivalent gasoline powered 2021 Ford F-150 equipped with the Ford 2.7L EcoBoost V6 over eight years and 100,000 miles. The Blue Oval also concluded that the vast majority of commercial buyers will be just fine with the standard range battery, as Ford Telematics data revealed that 95 percent of commercial F-150 trucks travel less than 174 miles in a single day.
“F-150 Lightning Pro represents so much more than an electric workhorse – it’s made for
commercial customers inside and out, it gets better over time, and it’s totally plugged into
always-on services that can help business productivity,” said Ford CEO Jim Farley.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro is part of Ford’s plan to maintain its commercial vehicle dominance in America, where it currently enjoys a 43 percent market share in the Class 1-7 full-size commercial van and pickup truck segment. The Dearborn automaker expects over 1 million electric commercial vehicles to be sold in the U.S. by 2030, and the Pro, with Ford Telematics and advanced connectivity for third-party fleet management software, is well positioned for the future. Commercial buyers should have no problem upfitting their trucks either, as the Pro’s 5.5-foot bed is identical to its gasoline brethren.
Ford is launching the F-150 Lightning in spring of 2022, although it is currently unclear if that includes the Pro model as well. Either way, every Lightning will be built at the new Ford Rogue Electric Vehicle Center. Production constraints and robust demand may limit availability though.