Ford has officially taken the wraps off their latest electric vehicle with the F-150 Lightning.
“For both Ford and the American auto industry, F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we progress toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, Ford Motor Company. “F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, the backbone of work across the country, and a trusted icon for generations of customers. Now we are revolutionizing it for a new generation.”
The F-150 Lightning offers 563 hp and 775-ft of torque and can go from 0 to 100 KM/H (0 to 6 mph) in the mid 4 seconds.
There will be two electric motors, one in the front and one in the back for all-wheel drive.
“The F-150 Lightning is a massive moment for our Ford team. America’s No. 1 auto brand is going zero emissions with America’s favorite vehicle. It’s quicker than a Raptor, with standard 4×4 and independent rear suspension; a power frunk, enough juice to run your house for three days or power an awesome tailgate; and it will forever improve with over-the-air updates,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley. “It will be built at the Rouge factory, where Henry Ford changed the world and my grandfather punched in every day. F-150 Lightning represents all that our country can do when we push for progress.”
For range, the standard F-150 Lightning offers 370 km of range (230 miles), while the Extended Range model offers 480 km (300 miles).
When it comes to recharging, the F-150 Lightning on a 150kW DC fast charger, can go from 15% to 80% battery in 41 minutes on the extended range model. The standard model takes 44 mins.
Since it’s a pickup truck, the standard range model has a 2,000lb payload and 10,000 lbs maximum towing capacity for the extended range model. The truck also features Onboard Scales technology which can estimate the payload size and how it’ll affect your battery range.
Some driver assistance tech includes BlueCruise (part of Co-Pilot360) which allows for hands-free driving on a number of pre-qualified divided highways in Canada and the US.
The Sync 4A system has support for wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa built-in.
“It really is the smartest F-150 we’ve ever made,” said Darren Palmer, general manager, Battery Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor Company. “F-150 Lightning offers an immersive touch screen, giving our customers all the info they want in an instant – a real-time view of where they’re going, what they’re hauling or how much real-world range they’ve got banked. And with Ford Power-Up software updates, the experience is only going to get better.”
For storage, the truck comes with a drunk with 400 liters of space along with four electrical outlets, two USB chargers and a drainable floor that can double as a food and beverage container.
In terms of pricing for the F-150 Lightning, it’ll start at $39,974 USD and $52,974 USD for the XLT model.
In Canada, the F-150 Lightning starts at $58,000 CAD for a commercial-oriented entry model, $68,000 CAD (for the XLT model) and goes up to $110,000 CAD. You can reserve your F-150 Lightning for $100 from Ford’s website.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is set to launch starting in Spring 2022.