The truck of the future is here, featuring the full-size all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. It is the smartest, most innovative truck Ford has ever built; from near instant torque to intelligent towing, plus power for your home. The Lightning does not replace the “regular” F-150, but instead, expands the truck family. Let’s take a look.
The 2022 F-150 Lightning is a five-passenger SuperCrew cab with four-doors and a 5.5-foot bed. The Lightning’s interior is almost identical to that of the regular F-150 crew cab. It is spacious, with an available fold-out center console table, front seats that recline nearly flat, and a lockable storage bin under the rear seat. Ford is taking the look of the existing F-150 and adding distinctive elements, including a closed-off front grille and exclusive LED lighting elements. It features a big, powerful frunk, with a low load floor and offers 14.1 cubic feet of volume. Cloth seats are standard in the base and XLT models, while the Lightning Lariat will feature leather upholstery. The top-end Platinum will include Nirvana leather seating with 10-way power adjustment, heating, and ventilation provided in the front row.
The Lightning offers technology features that are distinctly different from those in the standard F-150. It comes with a hands-free driving system: BlueCruise, that works on more than 100,000 miles divided highways. You will also be able to use your smartphone as the truck’s key so there is no need for a separate key fob. A 12-inch customizable digital instrument panel is standard and an available 15.5-inch touch screen is an option. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, are all standard. It features a digital rearview mirror that displays the view from a rear facing camera at the back of the vehicle, along with standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode.
The Lightning has two electric motors, with a fully independent rear suspension and all-wheel drive. The standard battery pack and dual-motor produces 426 hp and 775lb-ft of torque with a range of 230 miles on a full charge. There is also an extended-range battery that provides an estimated 300 miles of range and boosts its output to 563 horsepower. The electric F-150 offers the ability to power your home with electricity in the event of a power outage for up to three days on a full charge. It will be able to provide up to 9.6kW worth of constant energy, if you’ve got your truck connected to Ford’s charging station and a power inverter. The Lightning comes with a range of driving modes, including one tailored for towing and hauling. When properly equipped, the Lightning can haul up to 2,000 pounds and tow up to 10,000 pounds. Its off-road abilities are impressive with standard full-time four-wheel drive and a simulated locking rear differential for added traction in rough conditions. It’s Off-Road driving mode also adjusts the accelerator mapping, anti lock braking system and power delivery. Its additional drive modes consist of Norman, Sport, and Tow/Haul. Trims include Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum, with estimated pricing at $42,000 and ranging to $70,000 for the Platinum.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning truck of the future is intelligent and powerful, with a style of its own. The Lightning is characterized by its name, and carries great towing numbers and driving modes for its capabilities, as well as providing full-home power for up to three days.