Here goes another, supposedly massive EV unveil ; The Ford F-150 lightning.
The Ford F-150 was one of THE most popular and most sold automobile in America. To top that, the legacy of the 90s “Lightning F-150” series is indeed humongous which has even carved a cult of automobile enthusiasts fan boys. For the uninitiated, “Lightning” trucks from Detroit were once looked up to, for their extreme performance, and sports-car alike handling.
So, recapitulating the past legacy of the F-150 by creating a new electrified line-up is quite an enormous deal.
In terms of philosophy, the 2022 F-150 Lightning EV and the 1993 F-150 with a V-8 has nothing in common.
But, hey! This one is atleast a lot more environmental friendly and all the more powerful.
Ford Motor has already gotten 44,500 reservations, within 48 hours of its unveil. I’m no statistician, but it is pretty obvious that the F-150 lightning is on its way to becoming the top selling EV truck in the US.
Anyway, I’m really interested in seeing how things would play out competition wise, with their now rivals – Tesla’s Cybertruck, Rivian and the GMC’s Hummer EV.
The design of the F-150 lightning is hands down, not relatively less swanky than any of Ford’s counterparts in my opinion.
Nevertheless, the ‘lightning badges’ and the light bar above its grille that smoothly integrates into the headlights has already become my personal fetish.
Anyway let’s go ahead and talk details.
There are two lithium-ion battery packs that are available – One targeting a 230 miles of range and the other one is practically an extended range battery offering around 300 miles.
The trim with the smaller battery pack would correspond to a 426 hp. On the other hand we have the variant with the extended battery range expected to produce a more impressive output power of 563 hp.
Both trims would however have a dual-motor all-wheel drive configuration with exactly the same torque – 775 lb-ft.
The F-150 is claimed to accelerate to a 60 mph in the mid-four second range, although with the bulkier battery pack.
Yet, power and torque are easy to attain these days in the electric-vehicle scene.
As for the charging times : Ford claims that a 150-kilowatt DC charger could effortlessly fetch 54 miles of range to the larger battery pack out of the two in like 10 minutes. Another parametric to measure the charging time would be ’15 to 80 percent in 41 minutes’ as quoted by Ford.
Here’s when things get even more insane. This electric truck could literally power your entire house for three straight days, in case of a power outage. Ford’s standard 80-amp home charging station does the job and can provide up to a mind-boggling 9.6 kilowatts.
Speaking of truck aspects, the F-150 lightning EV has a 10,000 pound towing capacity, which is 4000 pounds lesser than the gas powered F-150, but let’s not get all judgy about that.
Because unlike its gas powered counterpart, this one has got a prodigious ‘Frunk volume’ of 52.8 cubic feet. In comparison, the Rivian’s frunk is about 11.10 cubic feet.
Just in case if Frunk doesn’t make any sense to you, it is a term coined out of ‘front trunk’. It has become a popular usage, ever since EVs started boasting their additional front trunk space, since they practically run on battery packs underneath.
The F-150 lightning is also packed with level 2 autonomous driving system, which Ford calls the BlueCruise.
There are four trims available. The ‘Base’ variant starts at an estimated 42,000 USD. The ‘XLT’ and the ‘Lariat’ costs around a 55,000 USD and 59,000 USD respectively.
The fully loaded ‘Platinum’ could cost upto somewhere in the neighbourhood of a 90 grand (90,000 USD).
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