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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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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. The truck can also supply up to 9.6kW of power through up to eleven 120V and 240V electrical outlets distributed around the truck.
Maximum payload is 2000 pounds which includes the 400 pound frunk payload. The new Lighting can tow up to 10,000 pounds.
EPA range estimates of 230–300 mi (370–480 km) 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).