Back in July 2022, Ford Authority reported that the Ford F-150 Lightning was set to receive a new lithium iron-phosphate (LFP) battery, which does’t use nickel or cobalt in its construction and is generally cheaper, safer, and can be charged to 100 percent without worrying about speeding up battery degradation, though these units are also not as energy dense as lithium-ion batteries. Back in February, we learned that the EV pickup would gain this feature at some point in 2024, and now, sources familiar with the matter have confirmed to Ford Authority that the 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning will indeed still be adding the LFP battery at some point in the new model year.
The 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning will receive a new LFP battery pack at some point during its production run, which is expected to be optional on the Pro and XLT trims, with the current NICM unit standard range battery serving as the standard option. When that happens, the F-150 Lightning will join the Ford Mustang Mach-E as the second Blue Oval model to be available with an LFP battery pack, as the EV crossover gained that option for standard range models earlier this year.
Ford previously said that LFP battery packs would serve as replacements for its existing standard range batteries moving forward, which makes sense given the fact that traditionally, those packs offer less range than comparable lithium-ion batteries. That means for now, at least, it’s likely that the existing non-LFP battery packs in extended range models will remain the same.
Regardless, Ford plans on utilizing LFP packs in its EVs into the next decade, which is precisely why it’s investing in the future BlueOval Battery Park Michigan site, which will build those types of battery packs exclusively. For now, at least, that change figures to save the automaker and customers money, as LFP packs are reportedly around 10 percent cheaper to produce than a lithium-ion unit.