Electric F-150 Lightning First Ride – Is this the Most Important EV Ever?

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I recently went to Austin and rode in the electric F-150 Lightning as well as spent an hour with the chief engineer. The whole time I kept thinking how much this means for the EV movement and symbol that this company and vehicle represent. Overall, I find it to be a great vehicle that will appeal to their base and hopefully, sell millions in the coming years. Leave your thoughts below!

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// About F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 Lightning is an all-electric, battery-powered, light duty truck unveiled by Ford in May 2021. It is part of the fourteenth generation Ford F-Series. Four models have been announced, and all models initially will be dual-motor, four-wheel-drive, with EPA range estimates of 230–300 mi (370–480 km). The F-150 Lightning is intended to start production in spring 2022.[2]

The base price of the commercial-grade version all-wheel drive (AWD) truck was announced to be US$39,974, with higher-power/trim/range models priced all the way up to US$90,000.[2]

Starting price is US$39,974 for the “commercial-grade Lightning Pro” fleet version while the “midseries” XLT model starts at US$52,974. Higher priced Lariat and Platinum models are priced up to US$90,000.[2]

The base configuration has 426 hp (318 kW), 230 mi (370 km) range, and its smaller battery supports a 2,000 lb (910 kg) payload. The high-end configuration has 563 hp (420 kW), 300 mi (480 km) EPA range, 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) times in the mid-four-second range, and a towing capacity of 10,000 lb (4,500 kg). All models have 775 ft⋅lb (1,051 N⋅m) of torque, full-time 4wd, independent rear suspension, and will initially come in a crew-cab configuration only, with a 5.5 ft (1.7 m) bed.[2] The active suspension provides real-time load weighing function. Like Tesla, the Ford F-150 Lightning is announced to include over-the-air software updates, and a significant software driving aids which will allow limited hands-off highway driving, but fall short of full self-driving.[2] The F-150 Lightning in some trim packages, in concert with the “80A Ford Charge Station pro with Ford Intelligent Backup Power capability,”[clarification needed] can provide household-oriented V2G power, which can meet the electrical needs of a typical USA home for three to ten days.[11] The truck can also supply up to 9.6kW of power through up to eleven 120V and 240V electrical outlets distributed around the truck.[11]

Maximum payload is 2000 pounds which includes the 400 pound frunk payload. The new Lighting can tow up to 10,000 pounds.[12]

EPA range estimates of 230–300 mi (370–480 km)[2] produced by Ford in May 2021 were based on 1,000 lb (450 kg) of cargo carried in the truck. Electrek reported that range with no load, just a driver and the truck, appeared to be closer to 400 mi (640 km).[13]