“F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, the backbone of work across the country, and a trusted icon for generations of customers,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, Ford Motor Company. “Now we are revolutionizing it for a new generation” he added.
On the outside, the F-150 Lightning looks similar to its siblings that carry the F-150 moniker. A host of signature LED lightbars run across the front and rear. You also get three new grille designs that give the F-150 a bold new look on a rather familiar and friendly face. A sculpted hood and air intakes that feature a smooth texture add to the looks of the vehicle.
On stepping inside the cabin, you are greeted by a wide variety of features and innovations. You are greeted by a digital screen that Ford claims is larger than any currently offered on a full-size truck. Ford Co-Pilot 360 is here. It features BlueCruise that allows you hands-free driving on 100,000 miles of open roads.
Phone-a-key is an app that allows you to access your truck without the need of a key fob. Ford Power-Up is the company’s system updater that ensures the latest software updates are always delivered and installed to the truck.
“The F-150 is quicker than a Raptor, with standard 4×4 and independent rear suspension; a power trunk, enough juice to run your house for three days or power an awesome tailgate; and it will forever improve with over-the-air updates,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley.
The F-150 churns out 563hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. When put together with an extended range battery, this silent pickup truck can hit 100 kmph in less than 5 seconds. It features a 4×4 system as standard along with independent rear suspension. And when you have some hauling to do, the F-150 can carry a maximum of 2,000 pounds and tow up to 10,000 pounds on the XLT and Lariat variants. However, they need to be equipped with an extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Package.
The batteries on board can take you 230 miles as standard while the extended range can go 300 miles. The batteries can be charged up with a 150 kW fast charger. You can get 54 miles in 10 minutes and a 15-80% charge in 41 minutes. Combined with FordPass Power My Trip and Intelligent Range, the truck ensures you don’t run out of battery.
The battery can also be used to power up a home. It can deliver 9.6 kW of power and keep a house lit up for days depending on usage.
Launch and strategy:
The Lightning will be manufactured at Ford’s storied Rouge complex in Dearborn just outside Detroit and will start at $39,974. The F-150 Lightning arrives in spring 2022 and the E-Transit – an all-electric version of America’s best-selling van – will debut starting in late 2021. Ford is investing $22 billion in electrification through 2025 as part of its plan to lead electrification in areas of strength.