While the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is an all-electric vehicle, it’s also a truck – which means that at least some of its owners will use it to haul things and possibly even go off-road. Ford knows this, of course, which is why it chose to protect the Lightning’s massive battery pack and front and rear electric motors with large skid plates as well. Now, Ford Authority has confirmed with Ford EV communications manager Emma Berg that those skid plates will indeed come as standard equipment on all 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning models.
The front and rear skid plates – which protect the electric motors positioned fore and aft – are clearly visible underneath the truck, and like the ones present on a variety of off-road-focused vehicles – provide protection from all sorts of things, including rocks and various other obstacles. They take on an especially important role in the Lightning, as it carries those components low in the frame, making them susceptible to damage if those skid plates weren’t present.
In addition to this welcome feature, the Ford F-150 Lightning will also be packing some seriously useful kit when it launches this spring. Chiefly among those nifty tricks is the truck’s vehicle-to-vehicle charging capability and Ford Intelligent Backup Power feature – which gives it the ability to power homes solely using electricity stored in its battery pack. Owners will be able to store up to 131 kilowatt-hours of energy and retrieve up to 9.6 kilowatts of power from trucks equipped with the extended range battery pack, powering an average home that uses around 30 kWh of power per day for up to three days, or 10 days when paired with solar power.
These innovative features have made the F-150 Lightning popular not only with retail buyers but also with commercial fleets as well. High demand from the latter recently forced Ford to stop taking new orders for the commercial-oriented Lightning Pro, as Ford Authority reported last week.
We’ll have more on the F-150 Lightning soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, F-150 Lightning news, and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.