Ford has announced an all-electric version of the F-Series pickup truck, North America’s best-selling vehicle.
According to chairman Jim Ford, the Ford F-150 Lightning will be available in the United States and Canada in 2022 and will be “a defining moment” for the American auto industry.
The announcement comes as Ford plans to significantly increase its EV sales in the United States, with the F-150 Lightning set to compete with the Tesla Cybertruck when it goes on sale early next year.
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The Lightning takes its name from a previous performance-focused F-Series iteration and boasts similarly impressive on-road specs. The electric truck can sprint from 0-60mph in just 4 seconds thanks to a 555bhp four-wheel-drive powertrain and offers 775 lb-ft of torque – the most ever on an F-150.
It will be available with two battery capacities, each with official ranges of up to 230 and 300 miles. Ford will also include an at-home charging station as standard, capable of 150kW DC fast-charging, allowing the Lightning to charge from 15 to 80 percent in 41 minutes.
The truck also has a power-at-home function, which allows owners to use 9.6kW of its battery charge to power a home during a power outage. Ford claims that the Lightning can power an average home for up to 10 days and can also charge electrical equipment.
Naturally, the Lightning is a formidable machine. The standard 18-inch wheel variant has a payload capacity of 907kg and a towing capacity of up to 4536kg. To put that in context, the Lightning could comfortably tow an adult Hippopotamus – or two-thirds of a T-Rex, if you can find one.
Whistles and bells
When it comes to interior design, the Ford F-150 Lightning is no slouch.
Inside, the truck will feature a 15.5-inch touchscreen display alongside a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, similar to the configuration seen in the GMC Hummer EV, and both will use Ford’s new SYNC 4A infotainment system. The main display on the Lightning is portrait, while the Hummer’s is landscape.
Natural voice control, cloud-connected navigation, and wireless access to popular in-car services – specifically Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, integrated Amazon Alexa, and SYNC AppLink apps – are all part of the new system.
BlueCruise will also be used in the Lightning as part of Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 technology, allowing true hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of pre-qualified divided highways in the United States and Canada. Ford also claims that more hands-free ‘Blue Zones’ are on the way in the future.
“It truly is the smartest F-150 we’ve ever made,” said Darren Palmer, Ford’s general manager of Battery Electric Vehicles.
The F-150 Lightning will go on sale in the United States and Canada between March and May of next year, with a starting price of $39,974 – putting it on par with its combustion engine counterparts in terms of price.
However, it will not be available in the United Kingdom, so no Hippopotamus-towing for the British.
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