When Ford’s F-150 Lightning goes on sale in 2022, this EV could single-handedly revolutionize not only the nascent all-electric pickup segment, it might just upend a significant portion of America’s truck market.
That sounds hyperbolic, but here’s how: The Lightning promises loads of innovative features, impressive performance both on road and off, plus more capability than you’d probably ever expect from an EV.
Just as importantly, it wraps it all in an inoffensive, decidedly familiar-looking package at a shockingly low price.
The new Ford offering starts with the fact that every truck will be equipped with dual electric motors. There will be two battery sizes available, but Ford has not announced their exact specs.
According to the information currently available the smaller pack will be 110 kWh and the larger pack will be 150 kWh.
The truck with the smaller pack can carry 2000 pounds and tow a 7,700 pound trailer while the truck with the larger pack will have a load rating of 1,800 pounds and a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds.
Using a 150 kW DC fast charger, it can add 54 miles of range in just 10 minutes or go from a 15% state of charge to 80% in about 40 minutes.
The biggest difference between the conventional truck and the F-150 Lightning is the electric truck features an independent rear suspension — a first for full size American pickups.
Reference- Vox, The Washington Post, CNET Road Show, Inside EVs, Ford website