Ford revealed something important Wednesday when it officially unveiled its newest EV, the F-150 Lightning: it is a powerhouse in more than one way.
First, the EV truck can generate 563 horsepower and 775 lbs-ft of torque – the most torque of any F-150 ever – and second, this truck can power your home, if required. Maximum payload is 2,000 pounds while maximum towing capacity is 10,000 pounds. The Lightning will come as a Super Crew four-door with a 5.5-foot long bed and there will be four trim levels – base, XLT, Lariat and Platinum.
F-150 Lightning Fast Facts
- Standard Range Battery is 230 miles. With extended-range battery, range is 300 miles
- Base price before tax credits $39,974. Mid-series XLT model comes in at $52,974, nicely equipped
- Dual in-board motors put out 563 hp & 775 torque
- Zero to 60 mph comes up in 4.5 seconds (with extended-range battery)
- Onboard Scales will estimate payload size and how it affects battery range
- 14.1 cubic feet or 400 liters of storage space in frunk
- Lightning is first F-Series truck to have independent rear suspension
- Included 80-amp charging station can add an average of 30 miles of range per hour and charge truck from 15 to 100 percent in roughly eight hours with charging ports on both sides
- On a 150-kilowatt DC fast charger, the truck can charge from 15 to 80 percent in about 41 minutes
Powered by dual in-board motors and with standard four-wheel drive, this F-150 Lightning features a high-strength, military-grade aluminum body and a new, independent rear suspension. There’s also a power front trunk, or frunk.
The frunk offers dedicated storage space that’s secure, lockable and easily accessible by a powered open and close system. This spacious area offers 14.1 cu. ft and 400 pounds of payload – enough to stow two carry-on bags and one checked bag, or two sets of golf clubs.
With bumper-height clearance, this water-resistant space comes equipped with four electrical outlets, two USB chargers and a drainable floor that can double as a food and beverage container. It can easily power a mobile work site or an epic tailgate. With 2.4 kilowatts of power, there’s enough capability to plug in power tools, TVs, laptops, speakers, crockpots and more.
Other tech tidbits include the ability to receive Ford Power-Ups (over-the-air software updates); the FordPass app allows seamless access to charging stations and remote vehicle controls; available BlueCruise permits true, hands-free driving on the highway; and enhanced Power Pro Onboard lends power at the job site or at the campsite.
“For both Ford and the American auto industry, F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we progress toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, Ford Motor Company. “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. Now we are revolutionizing it for a new generation.”
As part of available Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology, BlueCruise allows for true hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of pre-qualified divided highways in the U.S. and Canada – with more Hands-Free Blue Zones to come in the future.
Another example of the truck’s tech prowess is the available Onboard Scales, which uses the truck’s sensors to estimate payload and tell customers how much they’re hauling. And since payload can impact range, Onboard Scales is integrated with Intelligent Range to help ensure F-150 Lightning gives an accurate estimate of how far you can go. F-150 Lightning debuts available Pro Trailer Hitch Assist, which automatically controls steering, throttle and brake inputs to make hitching trailers even easier.
Ford didn’t forget about the cabin or the driver. Making its truck debut on F-150 Lightning in the Lariat and Platinum series is SYNC® 4A – a sleek, modern interface supported by a 15.5-inch touch screen and designed to adapt to driver behavior. SYNC 4A employs natural voice control, cloud-connected navigation and wireless access to your favorite services: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, integrated Amazon Alexa and SYNC AppLink apps. Elevating the digital experience even further is the 12-inch instrument cluster, featuring a customizable interface that instills confidence by naturally surfacing key information. Animated graphics smoothly relay how the vehicle is performing in hands-free highway driving mode or how well you’re bringing power back to your vehicle through regenerative braking, seamlessly providing relevant information as needed.
“It really is the smartest F-150 we’ve ever made,” said Darren Palmer, general manager, Battery Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor Company. “F-150 Lightning offers an immersive touch screen, giving our customers all the info they want in an instant – a real-time view of where they’re going, what they’re hauling or how much real-world range they’ve got banked. And with Ford Power-Up software updates, the experience is only going to get better.”
As mentioned above, the F-150 Lightning can power other things besides itself. With the ability to offload 9.6 kilowatts of power, Ford Intelligent Backup Power keeps the lights on during an outage while providing security by powering home appliances, security systems and more.
“Whether sheltering during a storm or trying to stay safe in a heat wave, customers can now use their truck to give themselves power when they need it most,” said Ryan O’Gorman, electric vehicle manager, Strategic Partnerships. “F-150 Lightning is built for seamless transitions between charging your vehicle and powering your house when needed – and Ford is the first in the U.S. to offer this capability on an electric truck.”
With Ford Intelligent Backup Power, enabled by the available 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and home management system Ford can help install, F-150 Lightning automatically kicks in to power your house. Based on an average 30kWh of use per day, F-150 Lightning with extended-range battery provides full-home power for up to three days, or as long as 10 days if power is rationed, with results varying based on energy use.
“The F-150 Lightning is a massive moment for our Ford team. America’s No. 1 auto brand is going zero emissions with America’s favorite vehicle. It’s quicker than a Raptor, with standard 4×4 and independent rear suspension; a power frunk, 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. “It will be built at the Rouge factory, where Henry Ford changed the world and my grandfather punched in every day. F-150 Lightning represents all that our country can do when we push for progress.”
F-150 Lightning is a pillar of the company’s more than $22 billion global electric vehicle plan to lead electrification in areas of strength. Ford is starting with zero-emissions versions of its most popular and best-loved franchises – Mustang, Transit and F-150 – with much more to come in the years ahead.
Arriving in spring 2022, F-150 Lightning will be available in four series and two battery options at more than 2,300 EV-certified Ford dealers across the country, with the option for fleet customers to access Ford’s complete ecosystem of connected data and telematics services via Ford Commercial Solutions. Reserve your spot in line today with a $100 deposit.