The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning isn’t scheduled to launch until next spring, but the all-electric pickup is already attracting quite a bit of attention as it enters the second phase of production at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. The truck that the Lightning is based on – the 2021 Ford F-150 – also recently made Time‘s 100 Best Inventions of 2021 list thanks to its innovative Pro Power Onboard generator, which the Lightning will take a step further with vehicle-to-vehicle charging. And now, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has also made Popular Science‘s Top 100 New Technologies of 2021 list in the Automotive category, too.
The F-150 Lightning made this prestigious list thanks to its impressive stats, which include up to 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, up to 10,000 pounds of max towing, 9.6 kW of portable power, as much as 300 miles of range, and a 150-kilowatt fast charger that can add an additional 54 miles of range in just 10 minutes.
“When we set out to electrify the F-150, we were so excited about the prospect of delivering the most innovative truck Ford has ever built,” said Linda Zhang, F-150 Lightning chief engineer. “We wanted to provide some shock and awe to our customers in a way they’d never seen from a truck before.”
The editors of Popular Science have reviewed thousands of products across ten categories to determine the Top 100 New Technologies list each year since 1988. The products that make the cut are ones that represent a breakthrough or significant advancement in technology.
“The Best of What’s New Awards celebrates the year’s greatest feats of human ingenuity – the steps towards safer, healthier, more-sustainable, and happier days ahead,” said Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Corinne Iozzio. “Despite the supply chain challenges making headlines in 2021, breakthroughs across all our categories have helped us glimpse a future brimming with possibilities. This collection, which includes everything from an artificial intelligence mapping more – efficient airline routes to mountain-bike shocks that adjust themselves on the fly, is full of items we’re proud to dub the Best of What’s New.”
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It’ll be interesting to reflect after five or so years, and compare with the updated technology on new vehicles. I’m sure there’ll be improvements in charging speed and capacity (or at least I’m 95.5% sure).