If you’re waiting for a sign confirming that electric vehicles have gone mainstream, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning puts an end to the wait. The F-150 has been the world’s best-selling vehicle for more than four decades, and when Ford opened orders for the all-electric Lightning version last year, the automaker had to stop taking orders after 200,000 people signed up. So the electric vehicle revolution isn’t coming anytime soon – it’s here.
How much will the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning cost?
The enthusiastic response to the F-150 Lightning isn’t surprising when you consider how much it costs and the attractive specs for this new electric truck. The base F-150 Lightning Pro SR (standard range) offers 452 horsepower, 775 pound-feet of torque and 230 miles of range for $41,669, including a $1,695 destination surcharge. The mid-range F-150 Lightning XLT ER (extended range) offers 580 horsepower, 775 lb-ft of torque, and up to 320 miles of range for $54,669, including destination surcharge. Both prices do not include the $7,500 federal tax credit or any state rebates (ie $2,500 in California).
How much can the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning tow and carry?
That means, for an after-tax price of between $35,000 and $48,000, you can buy a full-size truck with the highest torque ever offered on a Ford F-150, along with a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds (7,700 for the standard range battery) and 2,235 pounds of payload. And if you like your big trucks with performance car acceleration figures, the F-150 Lightning accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds for the standard battery or an average of 4 seconds for the large battery. It should be noted that the platinum version of the F-150 Lightning ($92,669) has a maximum pulling power of 8,400 pounds, a maximum payload of 1,850 pounds, and a range of 300 miles, presumably because of that model’s increased curb weight, which Ford has not confirmed, but is estimated to be around £6,500.
Is the Ford F-150 Lightning just an F-150 with a battery pack?
New! And that’s really the draw here, in addition to the electric truck’s impressive power, range and tow/pull numbers, it’s clear that Ford has gone one step further in designing an innovative truck with innovative features. The list of segment-first capabilities is long, and we’ll try to cover the most compelling items in this F-150 Lightning review. Items you’d expect to see include a standard dual-motor 4×4 drivetrain, electronic rear differential lock, multiple riding modes (Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul and Off Road), a full-size under-bed spare and up to 11 power outlets (including a 240-volt outlet) are backed by a long list of Lightning-specific features.
What are the most advanced technological features of the F-150 Lightning?
Ranking the list of innovative technology of the Ford F-150 Lightning is not easy, but we will try:
- emergency power — let the F-150 Lightning fully power your home for up to 3 days if/when the grid goes out
- Scales on board with Smart Hitch — provides real-time freight weight estimates, including trailer tongue tow weight and “funk” freight weight
- Mega Power Frunk – Front trunk with power door, 400lb load capacity, four 120 volt outlets and removable drain plugs
- LED zone lighting — illuminates all four sides of the truck, including integrated LEDs in the footboards, for working at night
- BlueCruise hands-free driving — not unique to Lightning, but allows for true hands-free driving for extended periods on approved highways
Additional truck-friendly features, not unique to Lightning, include Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist technology, which makes reversing with a trailer easy with an intuitive dial. There’s also an integrated trailer brake controller, a 360-degree camera, a trailer light control system to confirm all tail lights are working, trailer reverse guidance and the aforementioned OnBoard scales with Smart Hitch technology. All of these items are included in the Max Trailer Tow package of the F-150 Lightning. Many of these technologies are connected to the FordPass app and can be used via your smartphone.
How does the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Drive work?
The F-150 Lightning introduces the first-ever F-Series independent rear suspension, which, combined with the truck’s instant torque and available Sport mode, resulted in responsive handling in and around the Texas hill country outside of San Antonio. where we have road tested it. We would have appreciated a little more steering feel, with some progressive off-center weighting, but given this vehicle’s role (it’s a truck after all), curb weight (over 3 tons) and capabilities (it can carry two to 10,000 pounds, remember), we can’t honestly complain, and would describe the Lightning as confident, even nimble… for a truck.
How do I charge the Ford F-150 Lightning?
Charging the Ford F-150 Lightning can be accomplished from a standard 110-volt outlet, although that can take days. A 150 kilowatt DC fast charging station can top up the F-150 Lightning’s battery from 15% to 80% in just 44 minutes. But most 240-volt level 2 home chargers take between 8 and 20 hours to charge the battery from 15% to 100%, depending on the charger’s amperage. Ford has its own 80 amp Charge Station Pro wall box for home use, which will give you that 8 hour charge time, and is included with all F-150 Lightnings with the extended battery.
At some point, however, you will need to charge your F-150 Lightning outside of your property. In what can only be described as a brilliant move by Ford, the company has built partnerships with all of the major electric vehicle charging networks in the US (ChargePoint, Electrify America and EVgo). So if you only sign up once for Ford’s Blue Oval Charge Network via the FordPass mobile, you can use one of 70,000 electric charging plugs at any of the 20,500 charging stations in the US. This includes 7,300 DC fast charging plugs that take those 44 minutes to get the F-150 Lightning from 15% to 80% battery charge.
Is the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning a Good Truck?
Having this streamlined charging network option, rather than trying to set up and manage multiple network accounts, is arguably a game-changer. But there remains the issue of the impact on range when using an electric truck such as a lorry. And Ford representatives admitted that an F-150 Lightning towing 10,000 pounds will lose half of its range, just as a gasoline-powered truck would. Where it gets tricky is the Lightning’s 320-mile range, cut in half and taking between 44 minutes and over 10 hours to “recharge” versus an F-150 Hybrid with a 700-mile range (or 350 miles when 10,000 lb tow) that takes 10 minutes to refill.
But aside from (potential) range concerns, the F-150 Lightning is a huge achievement, both for Ford and the industry as a whole. A $40,000 (before tax) electric truck that offers the performance and technology included even in the base model is very attractive. If the range and charge times match your needs, you won’t be disappointed with the performance, driving dynamics, ride quality, user interface or feature list of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. They’re all fantastic.