Ford Unveils the All-Electric F-150

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    Ford Unveils the All-Electric F-150

    The Takeaway: Today, Ford unveiled the third electric vehicle in its lineup, the F-150 Lightning. Alongside the Mustang Mach-E and the E-Transit van, the Lightning is the latest of the company’s vehicles to get the electric makeover. And it looks good, with many features we’ve become accustomed to seeing in EV trucks (plus some new ones) packaged in the iconic F-150 silhouette.

    • 563 horsepower, 775 lb-ft of torque (the most of any F-150 to date), four-wheel drive
    • Up to a 2,000-pound payload and 10,000-pound towing capacity
    • Maximum 300-mile range, with 230 standard
    • $39,974 starting MSRP (before federal and state credits)

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    Ask anyone at Ford about the new F-150 Lightning, and the first point they’re likely to bring up regarding the new pickup is that it’s not simply an electric version of the gas F-150.

    Sure, it looks like the truck that’s been the best-selling pickup for the past 40-plus years. But, as Darren Palmer, Ford’s general manager of battery electric vehicles, put it to us when we spoke to him earlier this week, “It offers things you could never get with gas” while benefitting from its roots as a working truck.

    To that end, the Lightning’s 775 lb-ft of torque is the most to ever be packed into an F-150 and, because of the nature of electric drivetrains, kicks in quickly to facilitate the 0-60 time of somewhere in four seconds.

    Dual electric motors provide four-wheel drive, and there’s enough battery capacity for a 300-mile range—if you choose the extended range; the standard will get you 230 miles. As for charging, the truck will go from 15 to 100 percent in eight hours plugged into an 80-amp charger, doing the same in 41 minutes on a DC fast charger. But, notably, with the lack of an engine comes additional storage space.

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    The Lightning boasts a “frunk” up front, with the hood opening up to reveal 400 liters of room (enough to accommodate two carry-on bags or two sets of golf clubs, as Ford says), addressing an issue people have with many pickups: their lack of internal storage.

    The pickup also has two modes of providing external power. The Intelligent Backup Power is for a home in case of outages; the battery pumps out 9.6 kilowatts, enough to power a house for three days of normal usage or 10 if you cut back, as Palmer told us.

    If you plug the Lightning in beforehand, the truck will even kick on the power automatically if it detects an electrical outage, then start drawing power from the house to recharge its own battery in case the lines go down again. The other mode is Pro Power Onboard—think more for tools and camp lights. The higher-end Lariat and Platinum trims put out 9.6 kilowatts via outlets in the frunk, the cab, and the bed. You get 2.6 kilowatts standard if you opt for the base trim.


    Exterior


    And the truck’s towing capacity of 10,000 pounds is up there with all but the largest of the gas-engine F-150s. Since payload can bring down mileage, the Lightning has available scales in the bed to tell you exactly how much you’re carrying, and how it may impinge the range.

    Inside, the two more expensive trims of the Lightning come with a 15.5-inch infotainment display. As you can see from the photos below, it’s huge.

    A 12-incher is standard with the base XLT trim and would be our preference, but if you have need for the larger screen, it’s there. A 12-inch instrument cluster lives behind the steering wheel. Plus, the truck comes with phone integration and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Ford’s Phone As A Key function lets you replace the fob with your cell, further consolidating the number of gadgets you need to bring along.


    Interior


    Now, much of this is new to the F-150, but it isn’t new to electric trucks in general, with the likes of Rivian building some similar features and specs into its models. (Nor is all of it un-tread ground for Ford itself; the Mustang Mach-E has a similar frunk and massive touchscreen.)

    The automaker’s goal here, however, is to capitalize on the F-150’s name recognition and popularity and, in the process, potentially draw more drivers into the electric fold. And whereas vehicles like the Rivian R1T are decidedly adventure-focused, the F-150 maintains its blue-collar bent while also appealing to much of that same outdoors crowd.

    We’ve yet to get behind the wheel of the Lightning (available in spring 2022), but check back for full drive impressions and thoughts once we do.


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    Published at Thu, 20 May 2021 01:30:00 +0000

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