Most of today’s electric vehicles do not come equipped with spare tires, a feature that’s also curiously absent from a number of modern ICE-powered vehicles as well. Tesla doesn’t include a spare on any of their vehicles, citing the fact that the average person only has three flat tires in their lifetime as a reason for the omission. Regardless, being stranded with a flat and no spare is not a terribly fun experience, and thus, it’s good to know that the Ford F-150 Lightning will come with one.
This good news comes to us from both Mike Levine, Ford North America’s product communications manager, and Ted Cannis, Ford Pro CEO, confirming that the Ford F-150 Lightning will in fact come with a full-size spare – not just a donut-sized replacement. “A temporary donut spare tire won’t work when you’re far from pavement or roadside assistance with places to go and jobs to do,” Levine said “When we talked to our customers, they insisted that we fit the full-size spare,” Cannis added.
When we talked to our customers… they insisted that we fit the full size spare! https://t.co/GNZaONT64R
— tedcannis (@tedcannis) May 24, 2021
Like ICE-powered Ford F-150 models, the Lightning’s spare is mounted underneath the bed, which can be clearly seen in a number of photos of the new pickup – including some spy shots of prototypes we captured earlier this year. This is quite different from the spare tire location in the also all-electric E-Transit, which does not have a frunk, and instead uses that space for the spare. But Ford was determined to offer maximum space for Lightning customers via its Mega Frunk.
Adding a full-size spare to the Ford F-150 Lightning also adds weight, complexity, and cost to the pickup. Additionally, two of the Lightning’s main competitors – the Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck – will presumably only offer spares as an option. but as Levine explained to the Detroit Free Press, the automaker sees it as a necessity for owners frequenting job sites that can’t afford to wait hours for help if they get a flat tire.
“If you don’t have a full-size spare, you’ve just lost time quickly getting back on the road and back to work,” Levine said. “We know truck customers. They can’t stop to fix things when there’s no quick fix. When you look below the skin, Ford approached this like a truck company. But Lightning can do things no other truck can do – like power a home during an outage or at a job site as a mobile generator. That’s the key.”