Ford Lightning EV Pickup makes Its debut

Ford's Onboard Scales, a technology that uses sensors to measure payload, are available on the Lightning. Intelligent Range is also combined with the Ford Lightning variant of Onboard Scales to provide a reliable estimation of the load's effect on the expected range.

In a dramatic outdoor multi-media demonstration, Ford unveiled the latest 2022 F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup at its “Glass House” headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford hopes that this huge EV will be the blue-collar hero, bringing the Lightning to a wider audience and ensuring that staff at Ford Lighting and its suppliers have jobs.

Companies who easily embrace the F-150 Lightning as a work truck for local employment might become heroes thanks to the F-150 Lightning. Electricity to charge EVs is less expensive than diesel, and regular maintenance is also less expensive. Electric motors have fewer components than combustion engines, have longer-lasting brakes, and no mufflers.

Ford Lightning appearance and other credentials

The F-150 Lightning is physically similar to its gas-powered equivalent. It will be available in two sizes: a standard-range battery with a range of 230 miles on a single charge, and a larger extended-range battery with a range of 300 miles.

The entry-level variant of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will cost about $40,000. The XLT will set you back $53,000. The destination fees are not included in either price. They still don’t account for the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit.

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The president of Ford North America, Kumar Galhotra, said, “We’re not here to make an electric truck for the few.” Ford is dedicated to creating one that addresses real-world issues for real people. According to Katherine Garcia, acting director of the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation Campaign, “the Ford F-150 Lighting will be a best-selling electric vehicle in the United States if they market it and get it on the road and in the neighbourhoods where truck drivers work.” Drivers will converse and say that it is the best vehicle available.

The Sierra Club is optimistic that Ford can produce sufficient quantities of the truck so that it can be purchased by the general public. “We want to make sure that potential buyers are not stuck in a queue,” Garcia told Forbes Wheels. “Some EV models have waitlists, and we want to make sure that potential buyers are not stuck in a queue.”

Resemblance of Ford pickup with F-150 model

The Ford F-150 Lightning is identical to the F-150 not only in appearance but also in size. The F-150 Lightning pickup is initially available as a crew cab (the pickup variant with the largest second row) with a 5.5-footbed, measuring 232.7 inches in length and 145 inches in wheelbase. Both figures are within a few inches of the regular F-150’s length and wheelbase of 231.7 inches and 145.5 inches, respectively. (The famous Ford Lighting Expedition full-size SUV, on the other hand, is 210.0 inches long and has a 122.5-inch wheelbase.)

The F-150 Lightning has distinct DNA under its aluminum skin. Aside from the obvious features like the four-wheel-drive EV powertrain, Ford claims the chassis is one-of-a-kind, made of “the hardest steel ever put in an F-150 frame.” It also features an independent rear suspension, which is a first for a Ford pickup truck.

Towing Capacity and Payload of the Ford F-150 Lightning Pickup

The F-150 Lightning will tow up to 10,000 pounds with the standard-range battery, or 7,700 pounds with the long-range battery. However, it falls short of the 19,500-pound maximum towing capacity of a similarly fitted F-150 equipped with a 3.5-liter turbocharged (EcoBoost) V6 engine. (To be fair, many regular F-150 configurations don’t crack the 10,000-pound barrier either.) The F-150 Lightning is capable of carrying a payload of 2,000 pounds (1,800 pounds with the extended-range battery), which puts it on par with its competitors.

Ford’s Onboard Scales, a technology that uses sensors to measure payload, are available on the Lightning. Intelligent Range is also combined with the Ford Lightning variant of Onboard Scales to provide a reliable estimation of the load’s effect on the expected range. Pro Trailer Hitch Assist is also available, which automatically controls steering, throttle, and brake inputs to eliminate the hassle of towing a trailer.

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