Ford F-150 Lightning: The Future of Pickup Trucks is Here
Ford is leading the charge with their all-electric F-150 Lightning. It was rightly dubbed Ford’s most ambitious project since the iconic Model T, and it’s easy to see why. The zero emissions, and dual battery pack options, the F-150 Lightning is a powerful and eco-friendly vehicle that, in our experience, does not fail to turn heads. This electric truck shares the same body and cabin as its gasoline counterpart but swaps the traditional gasoline-powered engine for a pair of electric motors.
The Standard-Range, when the battery is at 100%, is 230 miles; the Extended-Range battery bumps it up to an impressive 320 miles. So, does that mean no range anxiety on long drives? In a way, yes!
While it isn’t the only electric pickup truck on the market, the F-150 Lightning is America’s favorite truck. So, how does it perform? Well, that’s what we’ll get into for this review.
Performance and Power Under The Hood
The F-150 Lightning is a force to be reckoned with regarding electric pickup trucks. The two electric motors coupled with the all-wheel drive system mean it packs a punch that is hard to ignore. The Standard-Range option outputs 452 HP, but if you’re looking for even more power, the Extended-Range option outputs a whopping 580 horsepower.
Regardless of the battery pack you choose, you can count on the vehicle outputting 775 pound-feet of torque. However, what sets the Lightning apart is its performance. Despite the heft, the F-150 accelerates quickly, reaching 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds and covering a quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds at 107 mph.
It covers all that pace while maintaining the refined road manners of the normal F-150, even with its lightning-quick acceleration. In fact, the Lightning’s handling is slightly more agreeable, thanks to its lower center of gravity, which helps to keep body roll to a minimum.
Honestly, there is no point reviewing a truck if it can’t tow. In July 2019, Ford staged a jaw-dropping event to demonstrate the prototype’s impressive towing power as it hauled a 1,000,000-pound line of train cars loaded with F-150s. However, the production model has a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. But if you want more muscle, the Extended-Range battery is what you will want to get.
The Standard-Range battery models tow up to 7,700 pounds, but the Lightning’s payload capacity is a hefty 2,000 pounds for the Standard-Range model and a low of 1,800 pounds for the Extended-Range.
Cabin Style and Comfort
Step inside the F-150 Lightning, and you’ll find yourself in a familiar space similar to its gasoline-powered counterpart. However, a few notable differences set it apart, such as the massive infotainment display and a spacious front-trunk cargo bay.
The Lightning currently only offers one configuration, but it is more than enough in our books. Sure, some may hope for a Regular or SuperCab option in the future, but we believe most buyers will be pleased with the roomy four-door cabin.
Though most people will find the interior, to be spacious and comfortable, which is something we’ve come to expect. Utilizing the space where the typical F-150’s engine would be, the Lightning offers up to 400 pounds of extra cargo space. This is great for weekly grocery runs and one-off camping trips.
The F-150 Lightning has a standard 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring Ford’s latest Sync 4 software. However, buyers who want a larger display will find that the Lariat and Platinum models offer a massive 15.0-inch screen. Standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing a seamless connection to your smartphone and the internet.
Ford’s partnership with Bang & Olufsen has resulted in two premium sound systems as optional upgrades. The Lariat model boasts an eight-speaker system, while the Platinum model takes it to another level with an impressive 18 speakers. This is more than enough boom, even for the most hardcore audiophiles.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is a solid choice for anyone in the market for an electric truck. It gets our expert seal of approval!