Over the last several months, we’ve reported on a number of details pertaining to the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, the first all-electric Ford F-150 ever. Things heated up yesterday when President Joe Biden visited the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, drove a prototype, and showed off the Lightning in the flesh in a well-planned teaser. But now, Ford has officially revealed its electrified F-150, and suffice to say, it’s loaded with impressive technological features.
Ford notes that the prospective F-150 Lightning customer is the younger urban or suburbanite with a higher income and a desire to be an early adopter in terms of having the latest tech at their disposal. They want a capable yet distinctive truck that stands out with a unique design, but also a tool that’s capable of hauling or towing things when needed, and that served as the basis for the F-150 Lightning’s design.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning certainly has the power and performance to accomplish virtually any task. Packing the largest lithium-ion battery Ford has ever installed in a vehicle and two electric inboard motors, the extended range Lightning is targeted to produce as much as 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, which is good for a mid-four-second 0-60 time (Biden hinted earlier this week that it’s actually around 4.3 to 4.4 seconds). The standard range Lightning is targeted to produce 426 horsepower and the same 775 pound-feet of torque.
Customers can choose between two different battery packs – a standard range model that offers 230 miles of range, or an extended range model that’s rated to go 300 miles between charges. The battery itself is waterproof and covered with multiple skid plates that protect it while off-roading and features industry-first dual onboard chargers in the extended-range model. Additionally, the Lighting’s all-new frame is made from the strongest steel ever used in an F-150.
Every Lightning comes with a 240-volt charger that’s capable of charging at up to 21 miles per hour, along with a standard wall outlet charger. Step up to Ford’s 80-amp Charge Station Pro, and the truck can charge at 19.2 kWh, taking it from 15 to 100 percent in 8 hours. While out on the road, DC 150 kWh fast chargers can add 54 miles of range in just 10 minutes, or take the truck from 15 to 80 percent in 41 minutes.
All F-150 Lightning models come standard with full-time four-wheel drive and an independent rear suspension and are capable of hauling up to 2,000 pounds of payload (1,800 for the extended range) and towing up to 10,000 pounds (7,700 for the standard range), depending on the configuration. Ford says that they designed the Lightning with towing in mind, knowing that range estimates must be accurate. Thus, the Lightning continuously gives the driver feedback on range based on their driving, weather conditions, and whether or not they’re hauling/towing load via the digital instrument panel and the truck’s “Intelligent Range” feature, which is capable of weighing cargo using Ford’s new Onboard Scales.
One of the coolest tricks the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has up its proverbial sleeve, however, is the new Ford Intelligent Backup Power feature. When plugged into a home, the Lightning can automatically double as a generator if the power goes out, providing up to 9.6 kW of power (2.4 kW in non-Lariat and Platinum trims). When fully charged, the truck can power an entire home for up to three days when using around 30 kWh per day, or as many as 10 days if less power is used, and will automatically notify the owner when its power level drops below one-third charge, giving them the option to shut it off or continue using it. Ford Intelligent Power will debut in the future, allowing owners to save by using their trucks to power their homes during higher cost, peak energy times and charge the truck during lower-cost overnight rates.
The system also functions just like Pro Power Onboard, already available on the 2021 Ford F-150. The Lightning has a total of 11 power outlets located in the bed, cab, and frunk, which can be used to power everything from tools to camping or tailgating gear. The power-operated frunk – or Mega Power Frunk as Ford calls it – is also the largest currently available and is designed to hold up to 400 pounds of payload.
On the outside, the F-150 Lightning differs a bit in style from the regular F-150 but is still instantly recognizable. The truck will feature three different grille designs, along with reshaped running boards and a sculpted hood that reduce drag. The Lightning shares a cab with the ICE F-150 but features unique, full-length signature lighting up front and in the rear, along with special welcome and farewell lighting and unique 18, 20, or 22-inch wheels, depending on trim.
Inside the cab, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning features a host of new finishes and colors including real wood trim for Platinum, denim materials, a Light Space Gray color option, real brushed aluminum, black-tinted chrome, and bronze copper elements. The same 15.5-inch infotainment screen currently used in the Ford Mustang Mach-E is available on Lariat and Platinum trim levels, also running SYNC 4A, while a 12-inch unit is standard on XLT trim. The Lightning also debuts Ford’s new Phone as a Key function, which allows owners to lock, unlock, and start the truck with their smartphone.
The Lightning also comes equipped with multiple drive modes, including a special one just for towing that reportedly makes that job a breeze, as it is designed to provide maximum regenerative braking and a smooth driving experience even while pulling heavy loads. Meanwhile, the new Pro Trailer Hitch Assist automatically controls functions such as steering, brakes, and throttle while hitching up.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, however, is that it will start out at a much lower price than many expected – $39,974 for the entry-level, commercial-oriented model, while the XLT will start out at $52,974. Pricing for Lariat and Platinum trims has not yet been announced, but the automaker did say that prices can reach as high as $90,000, depending on how the truck is equipped. For now, at least, the Lightning will be sold in four-door, SuperCrew configuration with a 5.5-foot bed only.
The F-150 Lightning is scheduled to launch in spring of 2022 and will be built at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, which will utilize automated carriers instead of assembly lines, in addition to serving as a zero waste to landfill site.
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Wow! Very impressive.
The price is realistic and better than the other EV offerings. Tesla will lose this truck war!
The fact you thought of Tesla first proves the point.
Tesla will do everything Ford announced, yet pull more, go further, with no dents or chipped paint, all while looking like the future instead of using a tired design.
So, Ford’s first fully electric truck. Progress!
What isn’t first: the frame and body and other mechanicals. Those are proven. So is the F-150’s safety record. That is decades of progress in building generations of trucks. I was hoping for a 500 mile range, but Ford will get there.
There’s so much to like about this new truck, and this is only first generation.
Let’s have this same conversation in three, five and ten years.
With a 300-mile range and charging times of at least 40 minutes, I just don’t see the commercial sector going all in for this. And prices of at least $53K (probably without incentives since the Biden team will call that “luxury”), I don’t see the non-commercial sector going all in, either. Nice try Ford (really), but all this hoopla was a big, fat waste of money.
There’s a significant amount of commercial trucks that don’t drive that far. Job site is maybe 50 miles away at the most. Plus a quick run to McDonalds and the Grainger store for some missing parts. Maybe you drive 150 miles in a day. Leaves plenty of juice to power a couple tools, or to haul some things to the job. And it has all night to charge. So I could see a market on the commercial side.
Consumers I think the range is more of a concern than the price (normal F150s sell for that price all day long). Consumer side is more likely to road trip and want longer range.
Many commercial vehicles tend to go back to a central location at the end of the day. That way, they can be charged overnight and leave in the morning with a full battery. So charging times are mostly irrelevant to that use case.
“While out on the road, DC 150 kWh fast chargers can add 54 miles of range in just 10 minutes, or take the truck from 15 to 80 percent in 41 minutes.”
On ICE trucks, we can get 400 miles of range in five minutes at a gas pump. That’s about 13.5 times faster. I’ve said it many times: EVs will not be on parity sales wise with ICE vehicles until you can charge an EV in the same amount of time – or less- as an ICE vehicle.
These trucks should get better mileage over time. But our government will need to work with all manufacturers to get infrastructure in place which can be partially be paid for by user. But what an impressive looking truck!
Remember one thing, these mileage numbers are based on perfect road, weather and traffic conditions. Add poor weather conditions, or heavy traffic and see where the numbers go.
I agree right now a great commuter vehicle long range trip not so much.
Better than the Cybertruck and Hummer. Heading in the right direction
A little underwhelming in terms of range. Other than that, I walked away very impressed and pleased. As a shareholder, I love what Ford is doing in regards to product development and company restructuring.
I was hoping for 400 miles of range to justify the lack of charging infrastructure.
Audi made a good point that battery range will become less of an issue as the infrastructure improves, but right now, we need range because the charging network just isn’t there. Catch 22 though because the bigger the battery, the longer you have to charge. This use case is thinking outside of one’s city where they can charge each night at home. Think road trip, towing trip, delivery trip, etc.
An F150 doesn’t need 0-60 times in the mid 4’s. Why not lessen the power draw of the dual motors and increase range? Really the PHEV F150 is the better solution right now.
They gave it the lightning namesake. So power over range
Thing better be a road burner.
Don’t say a word about what heating the truck is going to do to range for us in winter states.
FORD remains the light truck leader…. build the quality, range and price and its a no brainer… BEV and ICE offerings cover every corner of the market. Think of the LIGHTNING as the truck Tesla couldn’t build… sorry ELON, love your chops but you lose this product segment.
Biden was not driven the truck. Truck has two steering wheels.
Really good article on both how it’s written and the content. 1) Brett has really upped his game on the writing style and quality, way to go dude! 2) Ford is genuinely putting forth a max effort to make this launch a success. The truck is loaded with smart and customer focused features, competitive performance, and is surprisingly affordable.
I agree with Tom about the heat and the air conditioning in the summer as well. Right now I will stay with an ICE unit till range and heat are not issues.
Question regarding the battery, who is responsible for the battery’s disposal (hazardous waste) when it is no longer useful? I hope ford is responsible, not the consumer, as the fed could suddenly require the purchaser to pay for the entire disposal/storage/recycling of the damn thing. I haven’t seen any coverage by anyone regarding this question. Finally, what would it cost today to dispose of/ recycle one of these things? In the event of an accident, and the contents of the battery were released, how is the clean up paid for, and will auto insurance companies have to charge more if you’re driving one of these things?
I don’t have experience about end of life. But I did own a 2012 Focus EV and someone ran into my son, the front-end damage was extensive, and they totaled the car.
I had bought the Electric Focus used with 12,000 miles 3 years earlier and paid $10,000 for it. Yes, the insurance was a little higher. However, I saved about $4,500 in operating costs over the 3 years / 45,000 miles we owned the EV.
In the end: The insurance sent me a $9,800 check (that was after my deductible) and that’s the last I heard. There was not even a mention of anything special related to the EV components handling / disposal / recycling. Bottom line: no special handling / issues and a nice car to own not to mention that’s only car I’ve ever owned that paid me money for using the crap out of it for 3 years.
Your experience is rare to say the least! had you purchased the 4 banger focus, 45,000-60-000 miles is when they crap out. Of course most are out of warranty by then, the 11,000 miles/year you drove worked out well for you, that’s great. The problem with hazardous waste, the owner, seems to always own it. Years after you’ve paid for proper disposal, if something goes wrong-guess who the EPA calls? the Huge batteries being put in these things aren’t being discussed as it applies to disposal. I’m guess the price of copper will really start to move (UP) if everyone starts using these electric cars.
Core charge buddy. Like trading in Your old battery for $20 off a new one