Ford has just unveiled a fully-electric version of their best-selling product, the F-150 pick-up truck, aptly called the Lightning. The introduction of the F-150 Lightning will expand and complement the line-up, which also includes the off-road targeted F-150 Raptor.
Ford has developed a new battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform for the F-150 Lightning, made from a mix of aluminium and steel. A dual-motor setup delivers the standard all-wheel drive paired with a new model’s-first independent semi-trailing arm rear suspension.
The Ford F-150 Lightning will come with either a standard output battery or an extended-range and output battery. The driving range from the standard battery is 370 kilometres with a combined system output of 432 hp and 1,051 Nm of torque from the dual-motor setup powers the 3-ton (6,500 pounds) truck.
The larger extended-range battery, increasing the driving range to 483 km, will only be tied to the range-topping Platinum variant. It will have outputs of 571 hp and a similar 1,051 Nm of torque. That is even more output than the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition with “just” 487 hp and 855 Nm.
0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) time for the Ford F-150 Lightning is expected to be in the mid four seconds, just a second more than the fastest Mustang Mach-E.
Ford did not mention the size of the battery pack, but with the best possible charging solution available today, a 10-minute usage at a 150 kW DC high-performance charger can increase the driving to 66 km and 87 km for the standard and extended-range batteries respectively.
At home, the highest specification 80-Amp Ford Charge Station Pro requires eight hours to fully charge the extended-range battery, with an additional two hours needed for the standard battery.
Ford is offering a specific 8-year/160,000 km warranty coverage for the EV components together with a promised capacity of 70% of its original charge over that period.
Being designed as a workhorse, for recreational activities as well as the main daily-driver, the new F-150 Lightning has been designed to provide plenty of power on the go, akin to a mobile power bank. Apart from having up to 11 power sockets, the 80-Amp Intelligent Backup Power module in the Charge Station Pro can off-load up to 9.6 kW of power that can roughly supply electricity to a home for three days.
Ford also plans to extend the capabilities of this car-to-home system where owners can use their F-150 Lightning to power their home during high-cost, peak-energy hours while recharge the batteries during the opposite.
The Ford F-150 Lighting shares the basic design of the latest F-150 bodypanels, but with revised front and rear lighting. Key elements include thick signature LED lightbars that run across the front and rear, plus three new grille designs that bring a bold new look to a familiar face while maintaining Built Ford Tough authenticity.
An awesomely named storage space called the “Mega Power Frunk” now takes over the void where it previously housed the V6 or V8 engines. The front boot has storage of up to 400 litres and a payload of 180 kg. Four of the 11 power sockets (2.4 kW power) are placed at the Mega Power Frunk, where the “frunk-lid” is also aerodynamically sculptured.
Key interior features include a Sync 4A portrait-oriented infotainment system measuring 15.5 inches, B&O Sound System with 18 speakers, ventilated multi-contour 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 Bluecruise hands-free highway advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) suite.
The basic work truck starts from under USD40,000 (just USD3,000 more than the base petrol variant), while the XLT is expected to be priced at USD55,000. The range-topping Platinum variant sees an eye-watering price tag of USD90,000 with the Lariat variant slotting in between the XLT and Platinum models.
The new Ford F-150 Lightning will roll off the line from May 2022 at a new high-tech factory using sustainable manufacturing practices at Ford’s storied Rouge complex in Dearborn just outside Detroit, Michigan, USA, unlike the Mustang Mach-E which is made in Cuautitlan, Mexico and soon in China.