Production and deliveries of the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning are both well underway at this point, with the very first customers currently experiencing the electrified future of the venerable F-Series pickup. The F-150 Lightning has also received hefty praise from those that have driven it – we here at Ford Authority included – thanks to its impressive range, capabilities, and performance. Much of that can be attributed to what lies underneath the proverbial skin of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, which was on full display at a recent media drive event, where Ford Authority was able to check out the EV pickup’s underpinnings up close.
Here, we can see the inner workings of the F-150 Lightning in all their glory, which starts up front with an electric motor protected by a beefy looking skid plate. The motor is flanked by a coilover suspension at all four corners, while the Lightning’s massive battery pack resides in the middle.
Speaking of skid plates, those pieces are employed not only to protect the front and rear electric motors on the F-150 Lightning, but also the battery pack. As Ford Authority reported back in February, every Lightning pickup comes standard with these skid plates, which are designed to protect the truck’s vital parts from damage caused by off-roading or various other obstacles or objects.
Additionally, the Lightning’s battery pack is also protected by a special crossmember designed and built by BASF and L&L Products, while another supplier – Magna – provides the truck’s battery enclosures, which are the lightest aluminum battery enclosures currently on the market and are also the very first to be used on a work truck – the Lightning Pro.
Moving around the back, we can see that the F-150 Lightning is equipped with a full-size spare, which is something that truck owners generally cite as a necessary feature, particularly as many are used on job sites, where things like nails and screws are abundant. Thus, Ford was keen to figure out a way to keep the full-size spare even with a massive battery pack and two electric motors taking up residence underneath.
Aside from those components, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning frame looks much like one we’d find underneath a regular, ICE-powered F-150, save for the unique wheels, of course. However, as Ford Authority reported back in April, the F-150 Lightning is assembled in a totally unique way, with autonomous sleds taking the place of traditional assembly lines.
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