Ford presents: EV – F- 150 Lightning pickup truck

Ford presents: EV – F- 150 Lightning pickup truck

24. May 2021 0 By Horst Buchwald

Ford presents: EV – F- 150 Lightning pickup truck

Ford has officially unveiled its highly anticipated F-150 Lightning battery electric pickup. First impression: an all-round success. A real challenge for the Tesla cybertruck.

With competition from new EV startups launching pickups in the coming years, including Tesla and Rivian, the F-150 Lightning, with a starting price of : $39,974, won’t be able to complain about enough demand, according to many experts, as it’s only slightly more expensive than the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Tesla Cybertruck, which is expected to cost $39,900.

Range and charging: Range is 230 miles on a single charge for standard range models. Ford will also offer an extended-range option that can travel 300 miles on a single charge. The vehicle is equipped to operate with 150-kW DC fast chargers that give the vehicle up to 54 miles of range in 10 minutes. Ford claims to have established a network of more than 63 charging stations.

Acceleration and performance: 0 to 60 mph in the mid 4-second range, for vehicles with the extended range option. The F-150 Lightning produces 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, powered by two engines. Ford says the F-150 Lightning can outrun the manufacturer’s ICE pickup, the Raptor, which accelerates from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds. It’s unclear what acceleration will be like on the F-150 Lightning with the standard range option.

Towing and hauling: The F-150 Lightning can tow up to 10,000 lbs. and haul up to 2,000 lbs.

Equipment options: For now, there will be four different trim levels of the F-150 Lightning (in order from top to bottom): the Platinum, Lariat, XLT and the base model. The Platinum will cost around $90,000, the XLT will start at $52,974, and the base model will cost around $39,974. The manufacturer did not provide pricing for the Lariat model, and all vehicles will incur transfer fees.

Technology: the F-150 Lightning will be equipped with Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free system. The vehicle also features a 15.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the same one used in the Mustang Mach-E. The Lightning can receive over-the-air updates, which Ford calls “power ups.”

Power: Up to 9.6 kW of generator power on board. This allows the F-150 Lightning to power a home or construction site for three days, an improvement over the 7.2 kW of the gas-powered F-150. The automaker has also partnered with SunRun to offer a feature called “Ford Intelligent Backup Power,” which allows the F-150 Lightning to automatically provide backup power to a home in the event of a power outage via an 80-amp wallbox and home management system. The vehicle is powered by a 1,800-pound lithium-ion battery.

Other cool features: A hot topic of discussion is the F-150 Lightning’s front storage compartment, which the automaker calls the “Mega Power Frunk.” It opens from underneath the front grille for extra space and can carry up to 400 pounds. The trunk features a 2.4-kW power supply with four outlets and two USB charging ports, allowing drivers to charge power tools and other electronic devices without having to tap into the bed’s 9.6-kW generator power. The F-150 Lightning also features an onboard scale that provides real-time payload information to the driver.

Pre-orders, production and delivery: Ford will begin delivering the vehicles in spring 2022. Interested buyers can reserve their vehicle now on Ford’s website by making a $100 deposit. Pre-orderers will be able to complete their purchase this fall.

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