Pros: Powerful motors; attractive base price; large front-mounted trunk; independent rear suspension; groundbreaking available features
Cons: Extended-range battery reduces payload capacity; only one size and cab configuration offered
CG Says: For 2022, Ford introduces a pure-electric version of its large pickup truck, featuring unique styling details and an array of new features unavailable on other F-150s. The Ford F-150 Lightning will be available only in a four-door crew-cab configuration with a 5.5-foot bed. The standard powertrain is a pair of electric motors that deliver a combined 426 horsepower, or 563 with an available extended-range battery.
With this combination, Ford says the Lightning is the most powerful F-150 ever offered, with a claimed 0-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds. All-wheel drive is standard, along with independent rear suspension instead of the live rear axle setup of other F-150s. Ford is targeting an EPA-estimated driving range of 230 miles, or 300 with the extended-range battery. However, the extended range battery does hurt payload capacity somewhat—the Lightning can haul 2000 pounds with the standard battery, or 1800 with the extended-range setup.
The 2022 F-150 Lightning will be available in four trim levels: Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. Inside the cabin, the Lightning is essentially the same as other F-150s, except for a larger, 12.0-inch touchscreen; an even bigger 15.0-inch screen is also available. Standard infotainment features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, in-dash navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A number of driver-assistance features are standard, including automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Also available is Ford’s new BlueCruise feature, a semi-autonomous, hands-free highway-driving feature similar to GM’s Super Cruise system.
Since its electric motor and batteries don’t take up the same space under the hood as a traditional gasoline engine, the F-150 Lightning is equipped with a front-mounted trunk, or “frunk,” with 14 cubic feet of carrying space — big enough for two golf bags. Ford is also taking advantage of the Lightning’s electric powertrain by offering several built-in electrical-outlet options that enable uses like running power tools, plugging in a crockpot for a tailgate party, or even powering your home in the event of a power outage. The F-150
The Ford F-150 Lightning is the first entry into what’s likely to become a hotly contested field of large, electric pickup trucks — several rivals are expected to hit the market by the time the Lightning is slated to reach dealers in Spring 2022. That said, Ford appears to be going all in with its first big electric pickup, offering a potent mix of power, functionality, convenience, and attractive pricing. Together, these should be more than enough to make the Lightning a solid choice for an electric pickup truck, no matter what the competition comes up with.
|Class||Large Pickup Truck|
|Body Style(s)||Crew Cab|
|Drive Wheels||all-wheel drive|
|Nation of Manufacture||USA|
two electric motors
426 (563 with extended-range battery)
|EPA City Range (MPGe)
|EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)