2022 New Ford F-150 Lightning| What We Know So Far.
2022 Ford F 150 Electric (Lightning)- Overview
The impending Ford F-150 Lightning hasn’t been kept a secret, as proven by the company’s million-pound towing stunt in 2019.
The Lightning has a lot of the same body and cabin as the conventional F-150, but instead of gasoline-powered V-6 and V-8 engines, it has two electric motors and one of two battery packs.
The Standard-Range battery is expected to last up to 230 miles on a single charge, while the Extended-Range juice pack is expected to last up to 300 miles or 483 km.
However, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning won’t be the only all-electric pickup truck on the market.
GMC’s Hummer EV SUT is almost ready to go on sale, and Rivian’s competing vehicle could defeat Ford in the market.
However, none of those trucks bear the F-150 nameplate, and when it arrives in spring 2022, the electrified version of America’s favorite truck will be a show-stopper.
Despite Ford’s announcement of a base model with a low starting price, it is unlikely to include many amenities.
The more desired XLT, Lariat, and Platinum trims haven’t been priced yet, but we expect them to be more expensive than the gasoline-powered versions.
The Extended Range battery pack will almost certainly add a significant amount to the final price, but we won’t know how much until the Lightning goes on sale.
Two electric motors and an all-wheel-drive are standard on all F-150 Lightning variants.
The motors combine to produce 426 horsepower with the Standard-Range battery but 563 horsepower with the Extended-Range battery; peak torque is an astounding 775 lb-ft with either combination.
Ford has also filed patents for a detachable range extender motor disguised as one of those tool chests that mount on the truck.
Ford staged a test in July 2019 to show that an electric pickup prototype could tow a 1,000,000-pound railway car loaded with F-150s.’
The production model’s maximum towing capacity is merely 10,000 pounds(4535.9 kg), but only trucks equipped with the Extended-Range battery can such feats.
The Standard-Range battery’s capacity is capped at 7700 pounds (3492.661 kg).
The payload capacity of the Standard-Range type is 2000 pounds (907.1kg), while the Extended-Range model is 1800 pounds (816.4 kg).
With the smallest of the two battery packs, Ford promises a driving range of 230 miles per charge.; upgrading to the larger pack increases the range to 300 miles or 482.8 km.
According to Ford, customers may charge their F-150 Lightning at home using 110- and 220-volt outlets, but the truck can also be charged at public DC fast-charging stations in 44 minutes.
The F-150 Lightning was also designed to act as a backup generator, with Ford claiming that a fully charged vehicle can provide up to three days of electricity for the average household in the case of a power loss.
The EPA has not issued fuel efficiency numbers for the F-150 Lightning, although such figures are typically made available about the time a new car is released.
The cabin of the F-150 Lightning is similar to that of the gasoline-powered F-150, with a few notable exceptions, such as an extra-sized infotainment display and an ample front-trunk cargo space.
The F-150 Lightning will be available exclusively as a crew cab with a 5.5-foot bed at launch, but Ford may offer Regular (two-door) or SuperCab (rear half-door) configurations later on, as well as more extended bed choices.
The base model comes with a 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s latest Sync 4 software, but the Lariat and Platinum models get a larger 15.0-inch display.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are included in the base model.
Ford will collaborate with Bang & Olufsen to provide two premium sound systems as options, one with eight speakers for the Lariat and one with 18 speakers for the Platinum.
Ford’s new BlueCruise semi-autonomous driving mode will be available as an option, along with a slew of other driver-assistance capabilities.
For additional information on the F-150 Lightning’s crash-test results, visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Major Safety feature:
- Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition is standard.
- Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is standard.
- Adaptive cruise control with the semi-autonomous driving mode is available.