Looking to gain a foothold in the electric vehicle revolution, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup is a light-duty truck design electrifying an American favorite. The Blue Oval’s engineers developed a workhorse EV pickup that’s also a competent off-road truck. Some trims and options packages push the vehicle’s range to 320 miles. The F-150 Lightning’s towing capacity ranges from adequate to robust, but trailer aerodynamics seriously reduce its range.

The basic Pro model is more affordable than other EVs like Rivian R1T and the GMC Hummer EV. Higher trim levels offer more features and utility but sometimes surpass the $90,000 base price. Ford manufactures all current variants with a single cab choice, a Supercrew cab seating 5 people. All trims likewise feature a 5.5-ft bed, though a large “frunk” or front trunk increases carrying space.

Quick Facts

Release Date
26/04/2022
Original price
$39,974
Units Sold
200,000+ (pre-orders)

Ford F-150 Lightning EV Pickup: Specs

ProXLTLariatPlatinum
Price$46,974$59,474$74,474$96,874
Range230/240 miles230/240 miles (Standard battery), 320 miles (Extended battery)230/240 miles (Standard battery), 320 miles (Extended battery)EPA-rated 300 miles
Seating5555
Top Speed111.8 mph111.8 mph111.8 mph111.8 mph
0-60 Time4.4 seconds4.2 seconds3.8 seconds4 seconds
Bed Length5.5 ft5.5 ft5.5 ft5.5 ft
Maximum Payload2,000 lbs2,000 lbs / 1,800 lbs with Extended battery2,000 lbs / 1,800 lbs with Extended battery1,480 lbs
Maximum Towing5,000 lbs5,000 lbs, 7,700 lbs, or 10,000 lbs5,000 lbs, 7,700 lbs, or 10,000 lbs8,500 lbs
Wheelbase145.5 in145.5 in145.5 in145.5 in

Where to Buy

F-150 Lightning vs Electric Hummer
Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup is available in four trims with standard or extended battery options.

Reservations for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning are closed as of August 2022. Dealers and private owners may have vehicles for sale, however. Ford reopened ordering for the 2023 year model, with prices hiking by 17.5%. The Blue Oval boosted prices because of rising raw material costs and the growing expense of other inputs.

You can create a build and place an order for a Lightning directly through Ford’s website or route it through a local dealership. Direct financing is available through Ford Credit, and trade-ins are also done online.

With F-150 Lightning now “in the wild,” you can buy your pickup at a dealership or a private seller. However, as of summer 2022, sellers are adding extreme markups on the vehicles. Motor Biscuit reported up to $50,000 in markups as early as May. Price has seen the EV trucks selling for $130,000 to $150,000. These prices far exceed the maximum price of a top-trim Lightning with all possible options.

The History of the Ford F-150 Lightning: What to Know

Ford’s flip from a legacy automaker to a vigorous trailbreaker of EVs started in earnest in 2017. The Blue Oval possibly got inspired to try a new initiative base on the public’s enthusiasm over the Tesla Model 3’s unveiling in 2016. Drivers loudly signaled their hunger for EVs, with 325,000 reservations racked up by Elon Musk’s company within one week.

Ford launched its “Team Edison” electrification team shortly after the first Model 3s rolled off the production line in 2017. The team developed the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV and started work on the Ford F-150 Lightning concept, AutoBlog reports.

After spending almost four years in its development, Ford debuted the F-150 Lightning on May 19th, 2021. The Dearborn event saw William Ford, company chairman, and CEO James Farley present the EV pickup in spectacular fashion. They pointed out Lightning is built for everyday use by regular Americans. A company representative, Jasen Turnbull, said the Lightning is for people who do “not want their truck to look like a doorstop or a spaceship.” CNBC noted this is an apparent reference to the Tesla Cybertruck’s unusual styling.

The public responded by reserving 70,000 Lightning pickups within four days of the event. The Blue Oval stopped taking orders in December 2021 when reservations reached 200,000, Electrek reports, though it reopened ordering in August 2022.

Ford F-150 Lightning Versions: Each Edition

grey Ford F-150 EV pickup truck plugged to a power charger
Ford F-150 EV is an everyday pickup truck that builds on the success of its gas-powered model.

Pro

Ford builds the Pro F-150 Lightning as the EV’s basic workhorse trim. The vehicle features the standard extended cab, a 5.5-foot bed, and a fairly plain grille design. While not the fastest Lightning model, the Pro achieves 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, equaling or bettering many gasoline muscle cars.

Pro purchasers have only one battery option, Standard Range. The 2022 model can go for 230 miles on a full charge while 2023 betters this with 240 miles range. The Standard battery truck outputs 452 horsepower and 775 ft-lbs of torque. The Extended battery raises output to 580 horsepower, but torque remains the same.

At 5,000lbs, the Pro has the lowest towing capacity of all four trims. What it lacks in towing capacity, it makes up for in cargo capacity, hauling a 2,000 lb payload. In contrast, Platinum has a max payload of 1,480 lbs.

XLT, Lariat

Ford makes two mid-level Lightning trims, the XLT and the Lariat. Each model has its grille and front lighting setup to give it a distinct look. The XLT has a 360° camera, larger running boards, cloth upholstery, and several other premium features. The Lariat adds higher-end details, including specially sculpted wheels, heated and ventilated leather front seats, a power tailgate, and an optional moonroof. Its control area centers on a 15.5-inch touchscreen instead of the 12-inch screen in the Pro and XLT. Both can be upgraded with Ford Copilot360 Active 2.0 driver assistance.

XLT and Lariat carry a Standard battery, which you can upgrade to an Extended Range battery. Standard batteries provide 230 miles of range per charge for the 2022 Lightning and 240 miles for the 2023 model. Extended batteries have a longer range of 320 miles and boost towing capacity to 7,700 lbs, or 10,000 lbs, with an installed Max Tow package. Max tow capacity drops to 9,400 lbs with 20-inch all-terrain tires fitted. The Lariat is the fastest trim, going from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

Platinum

The elite model in Ford’s F-150 Lightning lineup is the Platinum, a $96,864 base price beast with many possible upgrades built in as standard. Riding on 22-inch, machine-polished aluminum wheels, the Platinum comes standard with Ford Copilot360 Active 2.0 driver assistance for a more pleasant, relaxing ride. The Blue Oval also builds it with a standard two-panel moon-roof, upgraded leather seats, and a top-end Bang & Olufsen sound system. It also has an exclusive chrome grille.

The Platinum, like the Pro, has only one battery choice, but at the opposite end of the scale with a standard Extended Range. Towing capacity is slightly reduced by the Platinum’s greater weight, topping out at 9,400 lbs with a Max Tow package. It’s also a little slower than the Lariat, reaching 60 mph after 4 seconds of acceleration.

Other F-150 Lightning Features

  • All F-150 Lightning trims have a 5.5-foot bed and a crew cab with seating for 5.
  • The omitted engine at the vehicle’s front frees up space for a large “frunk.” This can hold 14.1 cubic feet of cargo. It also includes four 120v power outlets plus several USB charging ports.
  • Ford engineered the Lightning to power the owner’s home in the event of an outage. Before this is possible, an electrician must set up hard wiring to enable the connection. Ford claims the Extended Range truck can power a home for 3 days with unlimited electricity use or 10 days with rationing.
  • The engineers built 10 120v outlets into this EV pickup, including four in the “MegaPower” frunk, two in the cab, and four in the bed. Optionally, the bed can also include a single 240v outlet in addition to the 120v plugs. The truck’s lights can also provide 360° illumination around the vehicle in some configurations.
  • The onboard Intelligent Range feature uses real driving data feedback and conditions to estimate the remaining range along various routes. Intelligent Range also provides range estimates when towing based on user-input data such as trailer weight plus driving feedback.

The Public Response

Ford F-150 Lightning pickup has had a gung-ho response from the public so far. Order banks filled up quickly with reservations after the unveiling, forcing Ford to halt pre-orders at 200,000. Enthusiasm was high enough, so the Blue Oval threatened a $25,000 penalty for dealers who sold demo vehicles to eager customers, InsideEVs notes. The move reveals the demand intensity, as do mark-ups up to $50,000.

Ordinary drivers’ reviews are scanty with only a few thousand F-150s in consumers’ hands in mid-2022. Owners and those able to take a demo drive report the vehicle is comfortable, quiet, drives smoothly, and has plenty of space.

Testers and reviewers from automotive news sites are strongly positive about the F-150 Lightning, too. AutoBlog points out Lightning’s downsides as having limited availability, shorter ranges than ICE vehicles, and lack of bed and body options. However, it also vigorously praises the EV pickup’s acceleration, dexterous handling, driving comfort, and power. The Verge is even more overjoyed, praising the truck’s strength, competence, sizzling acceleration, and all-around comfort. The reviewer noted a change to an improved computer, the truck’s one mild weak point, would make it “historically great.”

Ford F-150 Lightning EV Pickup: Full Specs, Price, Range, and More FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is the F-150 Lightning?

The Ford F-150 Lightning is a full-size, light-duty EV pickup truck, and part of the F-150’s 14th generation. It is Ford Motor Company’s second all-electric passenger vehicle.

Who invented the F-150 Lightning?

The F-150 Lightning was a team effort and drew on previous F-150 pickup development a. However, Linda Zhang is a significant player in its creation as chief engineer during three crucial years leading up to its unveiling, Time reports. 

When were the first Ford F-150 Lightning pickups delivered?

The first F-150 Lightning was delivered on May 26th, 2022 to a man named Nick in Standish, Michigan. CleanTechnica reports the vehicle was a silver painted Platinum model

Can I buy an aftermarket F-150 Lightning?

People are already selling Lightning trucks on the secondary market, but mark-ups are currently tens of thousands of dollars over MSRP.

Is the F-150 Lightning parts-compatible with the gasoline F-150?

Ford kept manufacturing costs, and prices, down by reusing many standard F-150 pickup parts in the F-150 Lightning. Steering wheels, seats, windshield wipers, and many other parts are interchangeable. Owners can also use the same bed accessories, such as liners, toolboxes, bed rails, and tonneau covers. Speaking to CarBuzz, Ford rep Jasen Turnbull said wheels are not interchangeable. The Lightning also features an independent rear suspension; as a result, it’s incompatible with aftermarket lift kits and similar parts.

How much does the Ford F-150 Lightning cost?

Original Lightning prices started below $40,000, with the 2022 Pro featuring a $39,974 base price. Ford hiked base prices for the 2023 model year to $46,974 (Pro), $59,474 (XLT), $74,474 (Lariat), and $96,874 (Platinum).

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