Not too long ago, it seemed that the idea of an all-electric pickup truck was the stuff of science fiction. While most early electric vehicles (EVs) boasted great energy efficiency, they were not going to win many awards for performance. This all began to change when high-performance EVs began to hit the road like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, a compact SUV that has incredible acceleration. However, a successful EV truck requires more than just great speed; its electric motors must produce enough torque so that it can perform critical functions like towing and carrying cargo in its payload. The designers at Ford have done this with the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.
The F-150 Lightning is all Ford truck but with a twist: it uses a pair of dual electric motors to power its front and rear axles, providing solid power and acceleration in a true 4X4 configuration. This 100% electric pickup truck has the ability to do any task you are going to need out of a pickup while not costing you a proverbial arm and a leg in fuel expenses. It also has the rugged looks that you want in an F-150 that shows it can do the job and look good doing it. The future of trucking is now, and it is the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has a starting MSRP of $39,974* before any applicable tax incentives. That will put you behind the wheel of a Lightning Pro model. This truck comes with standard Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 driver-assist features to improve overall safety. It also comes with vinyl seats and the 2.4 kW Pro Power Onboard feature that can help provide electricity to your devices, using your F-150 Lighting like a mobile generator. This operates as a mobile AC power source on your truck. The Pro trim also features a Mega Power Frunk. A Frunk is a term meaning a front-trunk. One of the benefits of an all-electric vehicle is that there is no need for a powertrain in the front end, so this housing can be used for extra cargo space. Just push a button, and the F-150 Lightning’s Frunk will open to give you an extra 14.1 cubic feet of space.
The XLT is the next trim up, and it has cloth seats, extended running boards for easier access, and signature front lighting. It also adds a 360-degree camera for more safety angles and a more powerful 9.6 kW Pro Power OnBoard system for your tools. The interior of the F-150 Lightning XLT can be used as an Interior Work Surface, turning your truck into a mobile office.
The F-150 Lightning Lariat rides on 20-inch dark carbonized gray wheels and has leather-trimmed heated and ventilated seats for extra comfort. It also has a power tailgate to make loading and off-loading cargo easier.
The top trim is the F-150 Lightning Platinum. This model starts with a Vador Black with tinted chrome grille and a set of 22-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with Ebony Black painted pocket. The cool looks of the Platinum are carried over to the interior with heated and ventilated Nirvana leather seats, with the front row featuring multi-contour seats with Active Motion. The standard twin-panel moonroof will help you bring the great outdoors inside into your F-150 Lightning truck.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning uses a pair of inboard electric motors for power, providing instant torque to each wheel in a true 4X4 system. The motors are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack located in the truck’s undercarriage between the frame rails. The Ford designers have shielded this battery pack so that you can take your F-150 Lightning off-road without fear of damaging this vital part of your truck’s powertrain.
All models of the F-150 Lightning except the Platinum feature a Standard Range AWD battery powering the twin electric motors, which produces 426 horsepower and generates an astounding 775 lb-ft of torque. This will give you a range of up to 230 miles on a single full charge of the battery pack. The Platinum trim has an Extended Range AWD battery for its two motors that produces 563 horsepower and generates 775 lb-ft of torque. The extra horsepower will give this a little more acceleration. It also has a greater range of 300 miles on a single charge. The Extended Range is available as an option on the Lariat trim.
President Biden recently got a chance to test drive an F-150 Lightning. His response: “This sucker’s quick!” Yes, in fact, the Lightning has been able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a breathtaking 4.4 seconds. In other words, you are getting a truck that has the acceleration of a sports car. The F-150 Lightning is truly worthy of its name.
As for handling, the true 4X4 drivetrain on the F-150 Lightning will give you exceptional traction regardless of the terrain. As a result, this truck is ready for off-roading regardless of the trim level you choose. Each F-150 Lightning has plenty of metal skid plates and underbody protection to give you the peace of mind you need while out on the trail. The lithium-ion battery pack is enclosed in a waterproof casing so you won’t harm it when you are water fording. In addition, the battery has been tested to operate in extreme temperatures as low as -40º Fahrenheit, so you won’t have to worry about your engine conking out in cold weather, whether on or off the road.
Ford offers the F-150 Lightning with an optional BlueCruise feature. This allows you to operate your truck hands-free on over 100,000 miles of North American highways with Blue Zones. This uses a driver-facing camera and radar-sensing technologies to operate the truck safely, thus reducing driver fatigue on long drives.
Ford designed the F-150 Lightning for versatility, so it will be capable of any desired usage as a commercial or personal vehicle. As a result, the F-150 Lightning has the ability to tow up to 7,700 pounds when equipped with the Standard Range AWD battery. This is a solid number for a full-size truck, comparable to the numbers on a Ford F-150 with a 3.3-liter V6 gas engine. If you opt for the Extended Range AWD battery, you will be able to tow up to 10,000 pounds, which puts in the range of the F-150 with the optional 2.7-liter EcoBoost Turbocharged V6 gas engine.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is truly designed for the long haul, as it can carry a great deal of cargo in its bed and Frunk. The payload is a standard 5.5-ft bed with up to 52.8 cubic feet of cargo space. This is increased by the F-150 Lightning’s Frunk, the front-end truck, that provides an additional 14.1 cubic feet of space for your stuff.
The F-150 Lightning with the Standard Range AWD battery can carry up to 2,000 pounds of cargo, which is slightly above average for full-size trucks. If you choose your F-150 Lightning with an Extended Range AWD battery, this number will dip slightly to 1,800 pounds.
One concern that many folks have had about EVs and hybrids is recharging the battery. This is not a problem with the F-150 Lightning. Each truck comes with a complimentary 32-amp Ford Mobile Charger, which allows you to charge from a Level 1 (120V) or Level 2 (240V) outlet. In addition, Ford includes a standard 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro with every F-150 Lightning with an Extended Range AWD battery. This will cut your charge time from 14 hours to 10 hours with a Standard Range AWD battery, and from 19 hours to 8 hours with the Extended Range AWD battery. In addition, Ford offers the largest public supercharger network in North America that you can access for on-the-road charging of your F-150 Lightning.
If you like infotainment systems, then you are going to love the Ford SYNC 4 system on your 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning truck. This system seamlessly connects all of your key truck informational systems with entertainment features and smart device connectivity into one exceptional platform. The SYNC 4 is standard on all models of the 2022 F-150 Lightning and comes with a large 12-inch touchscreen on Pro and XLT trims and an enormous 15.5-inch touchscreen on the Lariat and Platinum models.
The SYNC 4 on the Pro and XLT and SYNC 4A system on the Lariat and Platinum provide all of your favorite features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth connectivity, and SYNC AppLink apps. The main difference between the two systems is that the SYNC 4A provides a natural voice control, cloud-connected navigation feature.
The F-150 Lightning can also be turned into a mobile hotspot courtesy of 4G LTE integration. Finally, the F-150 Lightning features a B&O Unleashed sound system from Bang & Olufsen, makers of some of the finest audio equipment in the world. This will turn your truck into a self-propelled concert hall, allowing you to enjoy your favorite music like you’ve never heard it before.