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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning First Look: The Electric Pick-up Has a Shockingly Small Cost, Huge Specs<br>
Ford's all-electric full-size pickup is a pressure of nature linked into a very popular schedule.

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Steven PhamPhotographerManufacturerPhotographerAlisa PriddleAuthorMay 20, 2021

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning full-size all-electric pick-up is a thunderbolt that strikes at the heart of an industry hurtling toward adoption of electric autos. That heart is formed like, well, the American full-size pickup truck market.

The F-150 has actually been the very popular truck for 44 years running, and Ford has damaged it big time to generate the new electrical Lightning. (Ford made use of the name formerly on its SVT-branded performance pick-up stopped after the 2004 design year.) The F-150's combustion engine is changed with batteries as well as electric motors, usually a trivial, regulation-satisfying pivot in today's vehicle market, yet on a high-volume car such as the F-150, it potentially stands for a seismic change-- not just for Ford however additionally for the market and its general fostering of EVs. And with the base work truck carrying a starting cost of $41,669 (the MSRP minus the needed location costs is simply under $40,000, as well as it qualifies for Federal as well as state EV tax motivations), Ford sends a solid message that you don't require deep pockets to go electric.




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The Lightning does not replace the "routine" F-150. It rather increases the vehicle household with a smoother, much more wind resistant electric variation with trendy lights and also wheels. It comes just with the four-door SuperCrew cab as well as a 5.5-foot bed. The appearance is distinct, with traces of Mustang Mach-E, but continues to be immediately recognizable as an F-150. Ford leadership informed the truck's developers it really did not want the 2022 Lightning to resemble a science experiment.

Why should a loyal pickup truck buyer think about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning when it takes place sale in Might 2022? Since it boasts couple of concessions yet delivers various outstanding features that could make the standard truck appear like a straight-out Luddite.


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A couple of key F-150 Lightning specifications:

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a five-passenger SuperCrew cab with a 5.5-foot bed. These coincide dimensions as its traditional counterpart, meaning common accessories and devices will work and fit just the same.

Maximum haul of 2,000 extra pounds, of which 400 pounds can go in the frunk where the engine utilized to be.

It can tow approximately 10,000 extra pounds.

With expanded battery: 563 horsepower, 775 lb-ft of torque, as well as a driving variety of concerning 300 miles on a solitary charge.

With basic battery: 426 hp, 775 lb-ft, as well as a series of about 230 miles.

Front and also back motors provide conventional all-wheel drive, and also skidplates protect the underbody while off-roading.

It retains the full-size spare tire in the back.

Just as unexpected as a real lightning strike, the F-150 Lightning comes to be the quickest and most effective F-150 in the lineup. Ford approximates it can increase from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. The quickest Ford F-150 MotorTrend has actually tested was the previous-generation off-road Raptor model, with a best time of 5.2 secs.

Another bottom line: The 2022 Ford Lightning becomes the first F-150 to obtain an independent back suspension-- necessary for packaging the back electric motor-- in addition to its equivalent benefits to ride and also handling. The truck does not have air suspension.

Simply put, the Lightning not just goes electric but also addresses usual issues people have of most vehicles: fuel economic climate, ride, and handling.

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How Else Does The Lightning Differ From The Common F-150?

Riding on a brand-new EV system, with the most up to date electrical style and also fourth-generation electronic devices, the F-150 Lightning ends up being the most intelligent as well as most connected vehicle in Ford's schedule, supplying a brand-new wide range of features and applications, together with a gigantic 15.5-inch touchscreen to accessibility a lot of them.

It additionally makes it simpler to get over-the-air software updates throughout its life time to address prospective concerns and also to additionally update and include brand-new attributes, such as much better maps, smooth billing as well as settlement, or improved BlueCruise, Ford's hands-free highway-driving aid system.

Please Repeat That Starting MSRP Again ...

Perhaps one of the most surprising Lightning attribute is its starting cost. As pointed out, the base work vehicle starts at $41,669 and also is readily available for both retail and fleet consumers. It is one of 4 trims; the others are the popular XLT (which begins at $54,669), Lariat (starting price upcoming), as well as Platinum (regarding $90,000).

For comparison, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV electrical pick-up launches this fall with the completely loaded Edition 1, which starts at $112,595. The most affordable trim, the EV2, runs $79,995 as well as will not be readily available till 2024. You can get 2 Lightning XLTs for the price of a Hummer Edition 1. Another competitor, the 2021 Rivian R1T that goes on sale following month, starts at $67,500. Tesla continues to develop the Cybertruck, which it wishes to cost $39,900, however past experience suggests it will certainly sticker label for much more, and also the launch day, potentially by year end, may be fluid going on late.

Ford is taking appointments for the Lightning currently, calling for a $100 deposit to hop on the list. Authorities won't claim the amount of orders will constitute a sold-out initial model year, but the firm expects strong demand. About 2,300 of Ford's 3,000 U.S. dealerships are licensed to market and also service EVs, and also the Lightning at first will just be available in The United States and Canada.

Meet Ford's New Skateboard (And Also Battery).

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has actually been in the help about three years, and it is the very first car on a new committed electric-vehicle platform. The skateboard was designed from scratch with a new structure placing the battery pack in between the rails, expanding in between the front as well as rear electric motors. There are no plans to add a 3rd electric motor for efficiency. An exoskeleton, waterproof case, and full-body metal skidplates shield the battery.

Ford did not expose the dimension of the Lightning's pouch-style lithium-ion battery packs. The high-energy-density cells utilize a nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode chemistry with especially low cobalt loading. They will come from the brand-new SK Advancement battery plant in Georgia. For fixings, technicians will have the ability to remove suitcase-sized sections of the battery.

The skateboard is flat and low, which makes loading items right into the front trunk (frunk) easier. The front suspension was additionally bolstered to offer the frunk a payload of 400 pounds.

Batteries are hefty, as well as the truck considers about 6,500 pounds, about 1,000 greater than the very same truck with the 3.5-liter engine. The batteries alone consider concerning 1,800 extra pounds, Ford authorities told Head of state Joe Biden during a trip of the Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where the vehicle will certainly be set up. Biden later took one of the Lightnings for a spin in an empty lot, with an U.S. Secret Service agent in the guest seat. 2007 ford f150 grill "This fool's quick," the u.s. president stated later.

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Charging The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. 2007 ford f150 grill

All trucks feature a mobile charger that can either plug into a basic 240-volt outlet, which supplies concerning 13 miles per billing hour at 32 amps, or into a regular 120-volt outlet to charge at 3 miles per hr. The brand-new 80-amp house battery charger, Ford Cost Terminal Pro, is the much better means to go, charging up 30 miles of array in an hour and obtaining the larger extended-range battery from 15 to one hundred percent charge in about 8 hours.

At a DC fast battery charger, the extended-range Lightning can acquire 54 miles of variety in 10 minutes as well as fee from 15 to 80 percent in regarding 41 mins. The fee port is on the front motorist's side of the vehicle, as opposed to the Hummer, which puts the port at the rear of the truck on the presumption owners will back right into the battery charger terminals.

The Lightning uses 400-volt billing, as compared with 800-volt billing for the Hummer.

Ford has actually cobbled together a network of 63,000 fee plugs from various partners, and the number expands. On-screen apps assist find readily available chargers as well as are meant to reveal, in real time, if they are functioning and offered. Consumers can use the FordPass application to access them. Purchasers will certainly obtain the very first 250 kW totally free, which must be good for about four complete fees. The onboard Smart Range feature will certainly identify the best locations to charge, considering climate, traffic, payload (determined by onboard sensors), hauling weights, your driving practices, as well as a lot more, to readjust the array as necessary.

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Utilizing The Ford Lightning To Power Nearly Whatever.

The truck can export approximately 9.6 kW of power-- you can draw 2.4 kW from outlets in the frunk and also another 7.2 kW from those in the bed. For contrast, you can offload 7.2 kW (maximum) from the F-150 Hybrid.

With Pro Power Onboard, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning can power tools at a worksite or toys at a camping area or your home (for a while). The Lightning has 11 electrical outlets for power, with 4 120-volt outlets as well as one 240-volt outlet in the bed, and four more 120-volt electrical outlets in the frunk. If you include USB ports, there are 21 electrical outlets total, rivaling some homes.

If the battery level falls below a 3rd of its complete variety, chauffeurs will get a FordPass notification to make a decision whether to keep powering tools or maintain the power for traveling. The all-electric F-150 can be configured to quit making use of Pro Power Onboard when the battery level approaches the range to the following fee station.

With the residence assimilation system, if there is a power outage, you can additionally power your house for three days-- 10 days if you ration-- with 9.6 kW of Ford Intelligent Back-up Power. If the truck is connected in your home, the automatic system will recognize the power is out and also draw juice from the vehicle, through the wall surface box, as well as right into the inverter, which is tied to the residence's central electrical system. When power is brought back, the lorry will certainly resume charging.

In the future, Ford Intelligent Power will certainly enable you to bill your truck overnight when power is least expensive and also send the power back into the house throughout high-cost, peak-energy hours to assist keep total expenses down.

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Looks Issue.

Ford chose the most popular setup for the Lightning-- SuperCrew-- and also it does not plan to include others. The additional cargo space in the frunk somewhat negates the demand for a much longer bed.

Lighting is crucial to the appearance. Light bars span the lorry's width front and also back, making it look a little bit more advanced. Fronts lights and also taillamps have their own trademark form, and also outside zone lights surrounds the automobile. There are additionally lights in the frunk and also in the bed.

The blacked-out chrome grille (which matches the chrome on the beltline) is affixed to the hood; they open up as a device to access the frunk. The wheels have an aerodynamic diagonal style and also come in 18-, 20-, and also 22-inch dimensions. The F-150 Lightning likewise sporting activities a new, elongated, aerodynamic running board.

The word "Lightning" remains in script on the sides of the bed, and also the tailgate presents a Lightning badge with an American flag badge. The latter concept appears preferred; it can be discovered on Jeeps and also on the brand-new Hummers.

Interior, Tailgate, And Box.

The taxi is greatly the same as the standard F-150, with a huge exception: Ford upgraded the cockpit console to suit a 15.5-inch vertical touchscreen for Lariat and Platinum trims, comparable to the one in the Mustang Mach-E EV, with some modifications. It has a huge "volume" ring embedded in the screen near the bottom-- quite a wonder-- as well as it makes use of Ford's most recent Sync 4A infotainment system. A few of the materials and also colors are also special to the Lightning.

The Lightning has the normal F-150's 180-degree reclining pole positions for a nap as well as a console that flips over to create a work area when the gearshift is folded off the beaten track. The tailgate opens the same way, as well as the work surface as well as bottle openers are undamaged-- something customers wanted. 2005 f150 aftermarket grill The cargo box keeps the very same measurements to relieve the change for previous vehicle owners, who can conveniently transfer their accessories and devices to the new vehicle. Greater than 95 percent of accessories carry over from the traditional F-150 to the Lightning.

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Now That's A Frunk.

Ford claims the 2022 F-150 Lightning has the most significant and most effective frunk in the sector. It has a deeper subfrunk level under the detachable and relatively easy to fix nonskid floor covering. The grille opens up as a single piece with the adjustable-height hood, and LED lights are installed on the underside of the grille to illuminate the cargo area.

The frunk has a low load flooring and offers 14.1 cubic feet of volume, enough to hold 2 golf bags. It is a closed dry area but can suit damp as well as dirty products, with a drainpipe in the subfrunk flooring. The underfloor container has a lid that doubles as a divider to sector the freight hold. There are grocery store hooks, connection downs, and also a freight internet at the back.

Ford's Lightning offers 4 drive modes: Regular, Sport, Off-Road, and also Tow/Haul. To aid the motorist, cameras offer a 360-degree sight. There are also box and also device video cameras, but not a camera underneath the truck to see the surface below you when wheels impend as you're off-roading.

Onboard Scales is another trendy function; it utilizes the vehicle's sensing units to estimate payload, allowing you understand when you hit the F-150 Lightning's limit. The input is fed to the journey organizer, which readjusts your variety accordingly-- one more method to assuage range anxiousness.

Pro Trailer Drawback Assist makes its debut on the Lightning; it manages guiding, throttle, as well as brake inputs to align your round drawback under your trailer coupler. You still need to jump bent on affix the trailer on your own.

Lightning Call.

Ford revived the Lightning name, first utilized in 1992 on a performance F-150 that was the world's fastest manufacturing truck at the time. Since the name was announced for the EV, it has actually gotten favorable comments, advertising and marketing manager Brian Bell stated. Enthusiasts are topped for performance, and those who do not bear in mind the original-- Lightning buyers are anticipated to skew a bit more youthful, a lot more metropolitan, as well as with higher revenue than traditional vehicle purchasers-- still think it makes good sense for an electrical lorry.

" I enjoy the Lightning name," chief engineer Linda Zhang claimed. "I assume we have actually done it justice." We believe so, also.

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