Flash Drive: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Flash Drive: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning


America’s Finest-Promoting Truck Is Now All-New and All-Electrical

Ford says the all-new, all-electric 2022 F-150 Lighting is “the truck of the long run.” In that case, then the long run appears vivid in some ways. Ford plans to guide in car electrification by committing $22 billion to electrifying its automobiles, crossovers, SUVs and vans by means of 2025. The primary was the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, subsequent was the 2022 E-Transit cargo van, and now the attractive 2022 F-150 Lightning.

It’s one factor to construct a brand new car, however growing one providing so many alternative interesting applied sciences and options will draw patrons with broad pursuits and existence. These patrons could have one factor in widespread: feeling the enjoyment that comes from driving an all-electric pickup. Ford says 75-percent of F-150 Lightning patrons will probably be new to the model, whereas 80-percent are new to proudly owning an EV.

The Ford F-150 strikes into a brand new period

Idea To Manufacturing

Ford early-on knew the mistaken strategy to develop their first-ever electrical pickup truck was to do it with preconceived concepts on what customers needed, or would purchase. So off they went to Texas (which is truck loopy) and California (which is EV loopy) to ask truck house owners a variety of questions on vans. Not electrical vans, however vans.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV
The most well-liked spot

Ford held focus teams with cardboard cut-outs depicting design options to check acceptance. With a truck being a truck whatever the model, there needed to be one thing very distinctive about these slabs of cardboard. One excited the main target teams: the frunk. When Ford confirmed a entrance trunk, the place a gasoline or diesel engine must be, this caught the curiosity of the attendees. They turned keen about this new-found storage compartment even earlier than figuring out there wouldn’t be a traditional engine.

Since Ford anticipated the frunk can be a preferred promoting characteristic (because the Mustang Mach-E has one), they needed to engineer a strategy to embody it in an area that normally is crammed (ever appeared below the hood of a truck?) with an engine, wires, cooling radiators and different very important mechanical elements. Not solely did Ford cleverly design a 14.1 cubic foot frunk, however they loaded it with comfort options. The push-button energy operated frunk has a drain so it may be an ice chest, two 2.4kW 120V retailers, 4 9.6kW 120V retailers, LED lights, and a 400-pound weight capability. This is just one instance of the improvements Ford developed on the Lighting.

F-150 Lightning Specs

Commonplace Vary Battery

4×4 with a single-speed transmission

Twin electrical motors

98 kilowatt-hour (kWh), liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery

452 horsepower (hp)

775 pound-feet of torque (lb.-ft.)

0 – 60 mph: 4.5 seconds

Driving Vary: Professional, XLT, Lariat: 230 miles

Payload: 2,235 kilos

Most Tow Ranking: 7,700 kilos

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV
The newest addition to the F-150 lineup

Prolonged Vary Battery

4×4 with a single-speed transmission

Twin electrical motors

131 kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery

580 hp

775 lb.-ft. of torque

0 – 60 mph: 5.0 seconds

Driving Vary: Professional, XLT, Lariat: 300 miles. Platinum: 280 miles

Payload: 1,952 kilos

Most Tow Ranking: Professional, XLT, Lariat: 10,000 kilos. Platinum: 8,500 kilos


Essentially the most handy and anticipated place to cost will probably be at dwelling utilizing the Ford Cell Charger that’s included with the acquisition of a Lighting. When on the street, charging is a seamless transaction by means of the BlueOval Cost Community.

Utilizing the FordPass app, Lightning house owners have entry to greater than 20,500 charging stations, in North America, by means of suppliers equivalent to ChargePoint, EVgo and Electrify America. No cost is required on the time of charging so long as there’s a steadiness on the account. Ford has made entry to possession even higher by together with 250kW of free charging at these places.

Commonplace-Vary Battery

Stage 3

150 kWh

10 minutes: 41 miles

44 minutes: 15 – 80%

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV
After the enjoyable

Stage 2

80 Amp

1 hour: 19 miles

10 hours: 15 – 100%

48 Amp

1 hour: 19 miles

10 hours: 15 – 100%

32 Amp/240W Cell Charger (supplied with the Lightning)

1 hour: 14 miles

14 hours: 15 – 100%

Prolonged-Vary Battery

Stage 3

150 kW

10 minutes: 54 miles

41 minutes: 15 – 80%

Stage 2

80 Amp

1 hour: 30 miles

8 hours: 15 – 100%

48 Amp

1 hour: 20 miles

13 hours: 15 – 100%

32 Amp/240W Cell Charger (supplied with the Lightning)

1 hour: 13 miles

19 hours: 15 – 100%

Energy Something, Anyplace

Ford has executed extra with the F-150 Lightning than merely make it a robust, emission-free truck, it’s also an influence supply. With a full battery the Lightning can energy a home for up-to three days (10 days if conserving electrical energy), or run a job web site, or a campsite.

Charging at dwelling is easy and simple to do. The F-150 Lightning can cost at anytime, any day, 24/7, but additionally has the flexibility to solely cost on the time of day with the bottom electrical charges, which normally is in a single day. However that’s electrical energy going into the Lightning, however what about going out?

When on a job or campsite, it is so simple as plugging into an outlet like at dwelling. The retailers on the sprint, rear of the middle console, within the truck mattress and within the frunk, can run electrical building gear or a cappuccino machine when glamping. A warning comes on when the battery is at 30-percent cost so you might have sufficient battery life to get to a charging station.

The place the F-150 Lighting generally is a life saver will probably be within the case of an influence outage. The Lighting can retailer 9.6kW of electrical energy to energy a house, workplace or retailer. A house normally makes use of 2.6kW each day, so as much as three days of emergency energy is obtainable–or extra if not all home equipment are used, giving the electrical utility time to revive energy.

The Ford Clever Backup Energy seamlessly turns the Lightning into an exterior energy supply when utilizing the Professional Energy Onboard system and buying and putting in the SunRun Residence Integration System. When plugged in and the facility goes out, the system mechanically reverses {the electrical} circulation and begins powering the home. This sensible system then returns to charging the Lightning when the facility is restored. This works in case your energy comes from the utility firm or photo voltaic panels, which will be supplied by means of a program Ford has with SunRun.

Silent Operating

Clear Fleet Report just lately had the chance to drive the F-150 Lightning at a media occasion in San Antonio, Texas. We frolicked on the freeway, driving the curves of the Texas Hill Nation, and an off-road course that replicated the kind of terrain on which the Lightning mostly can be used.

We first tackled freeway driving, which was easy, with the horsepower and torque simply permitting for merging and getting as much as the circulation of site visitors. We activated Ford’s Clever Adaptive Cruise Management and the Blue Cruise Palms-free Driving expertise to expertise driving in site visitors at freeway speeds between 65 and 75 mph. Irrespective of what number of instances we use a hands-free driving system, it takes some getting used to, and within the case of Blue Cruise, there was quick and simple studying curve. There have been no surprises with staying in lanes, slowing, accelerating or trusting the Lightning to go down the street with our fingers not on the steering wheel.

The experience was calm with minimal wind noise from the mirrors or the 275/50 Hankook DynaPro AT2 tires on 20-inch vivid machined aluminum wheels with Ebony Black painted pockets. Many instances all-terrain tires scan be loud or tough on the freeway, however not on this case, which was appreciated because the street noise throughout our all-electric driving was stored to a minimal.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV
Attached and towing

Subsequent was driving by means of the Texas Hill Nation at speeds between 30 and 50 mph on gently winding rural roads. Rural driving previous sheep, goats, cattle and even an armadillo, set the scene for a way many individuals will use their F-150 Lighting. The dealing with, for the 6,171-pound Lightning, felt flat with no harsh physique roll, helped partially by the low middle of gravity because the batteries are positioned under the passenger cabin. We did discover a bent to push when cornering, even on the posted velocity restrict, however by no means felt uncontrolled and it was simply remedied by slowing.

We towed a 5,500-pound horse trailer for about 10 miles and, because the Lightning Platinum we had been in has a tow score of 8,500 kilos, we needed to repeatedly look within the facet mirrors or turn-on the rear view trailer digital camera to verify we had been nonetheless towing a trailer. The Tow Package deal comes with trailer backup and trailer hitch help, trailer reverse steering, trailer brake controller, a sensible hitch, onboard scales, trailer digital camera and a sensible trailer tow connection.

Between the freeway and nation driving, house owners will put the Lightning to the take a look at of Ford’s motto of “Constructed Ford Robust.” Being on-and-off the accelerator, and using the one pedal driving characteristic, the place the Lightning’s velocity will be managed utilizing the accelerator which reduces the necessity to use the brake pedal, we acquired a really respectable 2.7 miles per kilowatt.

Our ultimate take a look at was the off-road course on the Singing Water Winery in Consolation, Texas, which had steep rocky sections, water crossings, deep ruts, and simply sufficient sharp rocks to the place utilizing the entrance view digital camera was a should. The locking rear differential made the distinction just a few instances to get us out of robust spots. The Lightning is off-road succesful for all the pieces simply shy of great rock crawling.


2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV
Large display screen; huge tech

The F-150 Lightning is obtainable with the up to date and improved superior driver help expertise (ADAS) with options that assist make driving safer and extra assured. These embody computerized emergency braking, blind spot and energetic lane management monitoring, put up affect braking, evasive steering help plus adaptive cruise management.  Right here is an overview of the system for the Mustang Mach-E, which is similar as on the Lightning.

FordPass Join is commonplace, providing a 4G LTE Wi-Fi that may deal with cellular devises and permits for over the air software program updates. That is additionally the place electrical charging will be managed, together with charging and cost, by means of the FordPass Charging Community, the most important such community in North America.

Ford’s proprietary 15.5-inch vertical touchscreen handles the subsequent era Sync 4 connectivity system that features FM/AM/SiriusXM, wi-fi Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Ford+Alexa and Waze navigation. Should you get the Lightning Platinum mannequin, the non-obligatory 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen Premium audio system sounded nice.


The 2022 Ford Lightning is available in 4 trim ranges, with the selection of a Commonplace Vary or Prolonged Vary battery. These costs are earlier than any choices however do embody the obligatory $1,695 vacation spot cost. You could qualify for federal and particular person state tax incentives. Please communicate together with your tax skilled or go to a authorities web site for extra data.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV
Electrical can haul

Lightning Professional             $41,669

Lightning XLT           $54,669

Lightning Lariat        $69,169

Lightning Platinum  $92,569      


Bumper-To-Bumper – Three years/36,000 miles

Electrical Car Parts – Eight years/100,000 miles

Aluminum Physique Panels – 5 years/Limitless Miles

Paint Adhesion – 5 years/Limitless Miles

Roadside Help – 5 years/60,000 miles

Observations: 2022 Ford F-150 Lighting

Ford stopped taking reservations for the F-150 Lightning once they hit 200,000 mark. They’re assured that is solely a small variety of prospects who will probably be enthusiastic about proudly owning the all-new, all-electric Lightning. And we agree.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV
Ford’s acquired a winner on its fingers

There are numerous options and expertise not coated on this Flash Drive overview, which was supposed to present an summary and a style of what the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is all about. In case you are out there for a really succesful, trendy truck and electrical energy suits your driving life-style, then contact your native Ford supplier.

Clear Fleet Report could have a whole overview of the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning within the coming months. We hope you’ll be as impressed with the Lightning as we had been.

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Story by John Faulkner. Images by John Faulkner and Ford.


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September 2022