The Ford F-150 is undoubtedly the most successful car model in US history, seeing a massive and consistent amount of sales every year. After selling well north of 700,000 units of the F-Series in 2021 alone – amid supply shortages caused by the pandemic, stronghold He is now looking to develop the model further with the all-electric F-150 Lightning.
The 2022 F-150 Lightning comes as an all-new EV that has a lot in common with the outgoing gasoline-powered F-150, but instead of a roaring V8, it features two electric motors that make it fit to compete convincingly against the truck. The likes of the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV.
Starting at $41,769, the Ford F-150 Lightning has a much lower starting price than the competitors, and when you add in the impressive CV it takes from the regular F-150, it starts to look like the best electric utility option in the car. the entire industry. Here’s why the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is perfect for heavy-duty use.
The Ford F-150 Lightning power train can handle heavy loads
The Ford F-150 Lightning comes standard with all-wheel drive and a dual 98.0 kWh battery that produces 452 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque which should be more than enough for most uses. However, an optional extended range battery pack of 131.0 kWh increases power to a total of 580 horsepower, allowing the EV truck to blast from 0-60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. Just as a reminder, the F-150 Lightning truck weighs in at nearly 7,000 pounds, which makes its head-raising acceleration all the more impressive.
The regular F-150 Lightning offers a maximum towing rating of 7,700 pounds along with a 2,000 pound load rating, while the Extended version raises the towing rating to 10,000 pounds while offering a moderately reduced payload rating of 1,800 pounds. No matter which version you choose, the F-150 Lightning has you covered in most tough situations. However, it should be noted that towing or towing with the F-150 will greatly affect its driving range, so it may not be the best choice for long-distance towing.
The F-150 Lightning is more spacious than the regular F-150
Ford offers the F-150 Lightning only in a crew cab configuration, which means it has a full second row of seats suitable for large adults, and a 5.5-foot-long bed. Just like its gas-powered sibling, the F-150 Lightning also offers plenty of interior storage areas such as large door compartments, a deep trunk under the center armrest, and you can even empty a lot of extra space by raising the rear seats. There’s also a foldable toolbox-style compartment that can be set up to store more select items, located directly below the back row.
Furthermore, the 2022 F-150 Lightning takes its practicality to another level by implementing a spacious front box or “rear box”. Since there’s no need for an engine, Ford makes the most of free space up front by customizing a 14-foot cargo container with a maximum payload of 400 pounds and an automatic hatch.
The scope and efficiency of the 2022 F-150 Lightning
The 98.0 kWh battery pack that comes standard on the F-150 Lightning is good for 230 miles of driving range per charge, while an upgrade to the Extended Range 131.0 kWh battery translates to a total of 320 miles of range. You can charge your truck comfortably at home, or take advantage of DC public charging stations where you can expect to charge around 65% of its battery in less than 45 minutes. The F-150 Lightning also features a bi-directional charging system, which means it can also supply power rather than just receive it, and Ford says it can power an entire home or business site for up to 3 days on a full charge.
The EPA estimates that the standard Ford F-150 Lightning delivers a return of 76 mpg city and 61 mpg highway, while the extended range version performs slightly better with a return of 78 mpg city and 63 mpg on the highway.
Ford F-150 Lightning handles very well
Trucks are rarely paired and handled well, and while the F-150 is known for providing a decent driving experience despite its weight and size, that’s simply because it’s better than the competition – or more specifically, not as bad. Things are different for the F-150 Lightning, and it makes great use of its EV ratios to provide the best possible driving dynamics. With no front-wheel drive, the F-150 Lightning has better weight distribution, and lower-sit batteries help lower the car’s center of gravity to reduce body roll. Ford also chose to outfit its EV truck with an independent rear suspension instead of the regular leaf spring.
All in all, the F-150 Lightning has somehow managed to outpace the regular F-150 it’s based on, providing tremendous utility and functionality along with impressive performance specs. It may be more expensive than many gasoline-powered alternatives, but it’s definitely worth the long-term investment.