Ford officially revealed its highly anticipated, battery-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck, directly challenging Tesla with an evolutionary shift for the best-selling vehicle in America. Faced with competition from new EV startups launching pickup trucks in the coming years, including Tesla and Rivian, the F-150 Lightning is priced competitively, with specs and features to match. The vehicle will be built at Ford’s EV production facility in Dearborn, Michigan.
Starting price: $39,974. That’s the starting MSRP before transport costs of at least one trim level of the Lightning F-150. The electric F-150’s price point is slightly above the single motor, rear-wheel-drive Tesla Cybertruck, which is priced at $39,900. Ford said the vehicle will be profitable and was able to price the truck aggressively because it shares parts with the vehicle’s ICE counterpart.
Range and charging: The range is 230 miles on a single charge for standard range models. Ford will also offer an extended range option that can go 300 miles on a single charge. The vehicle is equipped to work with 150 kW DC fast chargers, giving the vehicle up to 54 miles of range in 10 mins. The automaker says it has built a network of more than 63 charging stations, although Ford does not own many of those plugs.
Acceleration and performance: 0 to 60 mph in the mid-4 second range, for vehicles with the extended range option. The F-150 Lightning yields 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, powered by dual motors. Ford said the F-150 Lightning can outrun the automaker’s performance ICE pickup truck, the Raptor, which can go 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds. It is unclear what the acceleration will be on F-150 Lightning vehicles with the standard range option.
Towing and hauling: The F-150 Lightning can tow up to 10,000 lbs. and can haul up to 2,000 lbs.
Trim levels: For now, there will be four different trim levels of the F-150 Lightning (in order of highest to lowest): Platinum, Lariat, XLT, and the base model. Platinum will be priced around $90,000, XLT will start at $52,974, and base will be priced around $39,974. The automaker did not provide pricing for the Lariat model and all vehicles are subject to transport fees.
Technology: The F-150 Lightning will come equipped with Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driver assistance functionality. The vehicle will also feature a 15.5-inch center touchscreen infotainment system, the same one featured in the Mustang Mach-E. The Lightning can receive over-the-air updates, dubbed “Power Ups” by Ford.
Power: Up to 9.6 kW of onboard generator power. The F-150 Lightning will be capable of powering a home or work site for about three straight days, an upgrade from the gas-powered F-150’s 7.2 kW. The automaker has also partnered with SunRun to offer a feature called Ford Intelligent Backup Power, which will allow the F-150 Lightning to automatically provide backup power to a home in case of an outage using an 80-amp wall box and home management system. The vehicle is powered by a 1,800-pound lithium-ion battery.
Other cool features: One hot topic of discussion on social media yesterday was the F-150 Lightning’s front storage area, which the automaker is dubbing the “mega power frunk.” It opens from the bottom of the vehicle’s front grille area, which allows additional space, and can carry 400 lbs. The frunk also has 2.4 kW of dedicated power with four power outlets and two USB charging outlets, allowing drivers to charge power tools and other electronics without tapping into the bed’s 9.6 kW of generator power. The F-150 Lightning also has onboard scales that will give drivers real-time payload information.
Pre-orders, production, and delivery: Spring 2022. That’s when we’ll see Ford start deliveries of the vehicles. Interested buyers can reserve their vehicle now on Ford’s website by putting down a $100 deposit. Pre-order holders will be able to complete their purchases in the fall of this year.