2022 Ford F-150 Lightning – The Daily Gazette

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Base MSRP: $46,974 (Pro) As tested: $80,589 (Lariat Extended Range)

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The Lightning badge was once found on a high performance version of the F-150. The new Lightning is a great performer, but it’s the power source – not the wattage – that makes the news. Ford has reassigned the name to an all-new electric version of its ever-popular pickup. Gas-powered F-150s remain the company’s main offering, with a wide variety of choices (engine, bed size, cabin size…) to tailor the truck to the buyer’s needs. But Lightning is paving the way for an increasingly electric future for Ford.

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Lightning is sold in four versions. Pro (MSRP: $39,974), XLT ($52,974), Lariat ($67,474), and Platinum ($90,874). The standard battery will get you around 230 miles on a full charge. An extended range battery (standard on Platinum, optional on XLT and Lariat) extends that to 300 (Platinum), 320 (XLT, Lariat).

All versions are all-wheel drive, with two electric motors. With the standard battery, the system is rated at 452 horsepower and 775 lb-ft. of torque. The extended range battery boosts power up to 580 hp and 775 lb-ft. As these numbers suggest, the performance is telling. Big battery models like my test truck can show 0-60 times in the low four-second range. And while Lightning isn’t a sports car, with beefy tires and low battery weight, it handles better than expected, given its height. Ride quality is comfortable throughout.

Unlike other F-150s, Lightning is single spec. All versions are equipped with a small box (5.5′) and a large cabin (Crew). Maximum payload ranges from 1,952 to 2,235 lbs. Towing — with the Max Trailering Package ($825) — is 7,700 lbs in standard battery models; 8,500 lbs in platinum and 10,000 lbs in XLT/Lariat (extended batteries). Cargo box volume is 52.8 cubic feet, but Lightning also has a surprise in store. Since there is no engine under the hood, this space was reallocated to storage and renamed “frunk”. It has a storage capacity of 14.1 cubic feet. (400 lbs.), has four 120V outlets and is water resistant and drainable.

Crew Cab interiors are exceptionally spacious in both rows. The biggest difference in the cabin between the Lightning and other F-150s is the oversized infotainment screen in the center of the dash. The vertically oriented touchscreen is 12″ on Pro and XLT, and 15″ on Lariat and Platinum. I found my test truck’s oversized 15-inch screen to be easy to read and reach, but slower to use than the conventional mix of buttons, switches, and dials that most owners experience. of trucks are accustomed.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum. Pre-production model with available features shown. Available Spring 2022. Pre-production screens shown and subject to change.

With the supplied cord, you can charge with standard household current (120 volts), but it’s slow power (about two miles per hour of average charging). The extended battery includes an 80-amp charger (the Charge Station Pro, which requires installation by an electrician) and will provide around 30 miles per hour of charging. Most drivers should find this arrangement very convenient. Long journeys are more difficult. DC Fast charging stations can give you around 80km of range on a 10 minute charge, but if you’re not on the freeway or on a major freeway, access to these chargers can be scarce.

Overall, Lightning is a versatile vehicle with some impressive technology. Demand has exceeded supply at the moment, so potential buyers will need to contact their dealer to queue. The silver lining to this may be this. The charger network is growing every day, making long-distance travel more convenient for all electric vehicles.

A resident of the Capital District for 40 years, Dan Lyons is the author of six automotive books and the photographer of more than 200 calendars.

Robert M. Larson