The promise of an electric truck has been dangled in front of the public for a few years now. While there have been lots of promises, it seems that Ford has come to market first with the new 2022 F-150 Lightning. If you have been considering an electric truck for your next purchase, the Lightning may just be the ticket.
Powering the F-150 Lightning is a pair of AC motors (one front, one rear) delivering the equivalent of up to 563 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque to all four wheels. Those are stout numbers that make it the most powerful F-150 ever. Buyers will have their choice of Standard-Range or Extend-Range models within four different trims: Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. Standard-range models can drive an estimated 230 miles on a single charge, while extended-range models stretch out to 300 miles on a single charge.
High Tech Touches
Technology abounds in the F-150 Lightning with an array of new tricks. For example drivers can use their cell phone as a key fob. Hitching up a trailer is a breeze thanks to Pro Trailer Hitch Assist which handles throttle, steering, and brakes to line up the trailer coupler to the hitch ball. Hands-free highway driving is available through the BlueCruise option. But the trick that seems to have everyone’s attention is the ability to use the F-150 Lightning as a power source itself. With the right setup (Ford will guide you through what you need), when your F-150 Lightning is plugged in at home it can instantly become a backup battery for your whole house. Built-in electrical outlets are also available so you can power tools, electronics, even appliances from the truck’s built-in battery. Smart battery monitoring keeps from draining too much battery life so you won’t be stranded.
Another feature that has gained attention is the front trunk, or “frunk” cargo storage space. Without a traditional internal combustion engine taking up room, the space under the hood becomes a convenient cargo area. The “frunk” appears perfect for toting tools, luggage, or even just groceries thanks to the bumper height level opening. Inside the “frunk” you will also find four electrical outlets and two USB chargers.
For now the F-150 Lightning is available to reserve but no delivery date has been set. Stay tuned for a more in-depth real-world review once press vehicles are accessible to the media.
2022 F-150 Lightning SuperCrew 4×4 Specifications:
- Motor Type: Twin inboard three-phase fixed magnet AC motors with internal PMAC controller and transaxles
- Motor Peak Horsepower: Standard-Range Battery 426 / Extended-Range Battery 563
- Motor Peak Torque: Standard-Range Battery 775 / Extended-Range Battery 775
- Battery: Lithium-ion pouch with internal battery management, liquid cooled
- Standard-Range Battery: 230 miles
- Extended-Range Battery: 300 miles
- Length: 232.7”
- Width: 96”
- Height: 78.9”
- Bed Length: 66”
- Cargo box: 52.8 cu. ft.
- Front trunk: 14.1 cu. ft.
Towing Capacity (with Max Trailer Tow Package):
- Standard-Range Battery: 7,700 lbs.
- Extended-Range Battery: 10,000 lbs.
- Standard-Range Battery: 2,000 lbs.
- Extended-Range Battery: 1,800 lbs.
Wheels: Available 18″, 20”, or 22”
- Front: Disc with regenerative braking
- Rear: Disc with regenerative braking
- Head room: 40.8″ front / 40.4″ rear
- Leg room (max.) : 43.9″ front / 43.6″ rear
- Hip room: 62.5″ front / 62.6″ rear
- Shoulder room: 66.7″ front / 66″ rear
- Seating Capacity: 5
- 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro (Standard-Range) – $39,974
- 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro (Extended-Range) – $49,974
- 2022 F-150 XLT (Standard-Range) – TBA
- 2022 F-150 XLT (Extended-Range) – TBA
- 2022 F-150 Lariat (Standard-Range) – TBA
- 2022 F-150 Lariat (Extended-Range) – TBA
- 2022 F-150 Platinum (Standard-Range) – TBA
- 2022 F-150 Platinum (Extended-Range) – TBA
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Photos courtesy Ford Motor Company.
With an automotive writing career spanning over two decades, Brian has a passion for sharing the automotive lifestyle. An avid DIYer he can usually be found working on one of this many project cars. His current collection includes a 1969 Olds Delta 88 convertible and a slant-6 powered 1975 Plymouth Duster.