The Ford F-150 Lightning is the first in the series to have EV credentials, but just how fast can this electric truck go? Although the F-150 Lightning shares an identical body style with the gasoline-powered edition, this Lightning variant is all-electric. The F-150 Lightning joins a growing segment of electric trucks like Rivian’s R1T and the GMC Hummer EV. As the electrification of vehicles continues, it makes sense that Ford has chosen to offer an electric variant of its popular F-150 series.
Although Ford announced the F-150 Lightning in May 2021, the Detroit-based automaker had intended to develop an all-electric variant since 2019. From 2019 to 2021, Ford’s engineers embarked on the production which ensured that the EV would retain the F-150’s durability and practicality. Despite the pushback that EVs are getting from some consumers, they’re starting to be seen as capable alternatives to gasoline vehicles. Ford recorded 44,500 orders of the F-150 Lightning within two days of announcing the truck. Driving an EV drastically lowers carbon emissions which safeguard the environment. Also, modern EVs now offer a lot more than a clean conscience. For instance, the Lucid Air offers impressive power and tasteful design.
All F-150 Lightning trucks have dual electric motors and an all-wheel-drive (AWD) configuration. Ford claims that the F-150 Lightning can go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds. Meanwhile, data available from EV Specifications shows that the F-150’s top speed is 111.8 mph. The electric truck comes with two battery options that affect the power output. These include the Standard-Range battery pack (98kWh) or Extended Range battery pack (131 kWh). Interestingly, Ford announced the F-150 Lightning with a targeted power output of 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. However, a recent statement from Ford Media Center reveals a slight upgrade from the preliminary estimations. Now, trucks with the standard-range pack can produce up to 452 hp instead of the 426 hp originally published. Pickups with the Extended Range pack can deliver up to 580 hp instead of the previously claimed 563 hp.
When purchasing the Ford F-150 Lightning, consumers can choose from four trims. The base trim F-150 Lightning Pro starts at $39,974, the XLT trim will cost around $52,974, the Lariat trim retails for $67,474, and finally, the premium Platinum trim sells for $90,874. These prices exclude additional costs like delivery/destination fees and taxes. While the first two trims come with a 12-inch touchscreen display, the two premium trims have a 15.5-inch display. Buyers of the Pro and XLT trims can choose to install the larger screen at an extra cost. All trims are equipped with the latest version of Ford’s Sync 4 software.
The F-150’s standard infotainment features include Apple CarPlay integration, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, and Wi-Fi connectivity. There’s also a Phone as a Key feature that allows drivers to operate the F-15 Lightning without needing to use a key fob. This feature covers functions like start/stop, lock/unlock, and trunk open/close. Drivers can enjoy the latest software using Ford’s cloud-connected platform which supports automatic downloads. Ford has upped its driver assistance game by offering an optional semi-autonomous driving mode called BlueCruise. This may be a worthy challenger to the driver-assist packages offered by automakers like Tesla. Although BlueCruise allows drivers to experience hands-free driving, Ford F-150 Lightning drivers will need to remain alert while this mode is initiated.