One of the U.S.'s favorite pickup trucks has had an electric revamp. Ford unveiled its F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup truck on Wednesday, May 19, and its starting price sits nicely right below $40,000.
In order to keep the beloved truck as popular as its gas counterpart, Ford had to try and keeps its torque, performance, general layout, and towing capabilities up to par all while moving it across to being electric.
As far as the EV's specs go, it looks like Ford managed to do all of that, with a few adjustments and improvements, hopefully keeping the F-150 up in the ranks of most popular cars in the nation.
When it comes to pricing, the new e-pickup truck is well-priced for an electric vehicle, starting at $39,974 for its base model with a 230 mile range (370 km), and its higher range model comes in at $52,974 with approximately 300 miles of range (483 km). Ford is already accepting $100 deposits for those ready to get in line.
The truth will ultimately come out once the F-150 Lightning goes on the market in spring 2022.
The F-150 Lightning Specs
Given the original Ford F-150 truck's popularity over the past 44 years, especially as a commercial option, the automaker focused on a vast array of options and accessories.
It'll be offered in four trims, has an aluminum alloy body, has two in-board electric motors, comes with four-wheel drive, and has an independent rear suspension. Because it's an electric truck, the ground clearance is half an inch less than the traditional F-150 pickup, potentially because metal skid plates are in place to protect the batteries and in-board motor.
The standard battery range is 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, and the extended range battery offers 563 horsepower and the same amount of torque.
The truck's new frame allows the F-150 Lightning truck to support a maximum 2,000-pound payload, and up to 10,000-pound towing capacity — so it's not shying away from its towing capabilities.
With the truck's new Pro Onboard Power system and its 11 outlets, it can be turned into a generator used for powering electric tools or a whole house if needs be — something that comes in handy when natural disasters hit power supplies, like what recently happened in Texas, or when working in areas that aren't yet on the grid.
Inside the F-150 Lightning, you'll find advanced driving assistance features, some of which can support over-the-air software updates. Real-time mapping, a 15.5-inch touchscreen, voice control, a customizable 12-inch instrument cluster, and a whole lot more is available to add to the pickup truck's interior.
Ford's Blue Cruise hands-free driving assistance will also be available in its new electric F-150 truck, which it trialed out in the "real world" earlier this year during a 110,000-mile (177,000 km) road trip across North America.
"For both Ford and the American auto industry, F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we progress toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future," said Bill Ford, executive chair of Ford.