Ford F-150 Lightning indicates a 472-mile range during a test drive [Update]

Update: ‘Reservations and Orders’ section updated.

Is Ford underrating the range of the electric F-150? That’s the question many ask ever since YouTuber Marques Brownlee, a.k.a. MKBHD, revealed that it could attain more than 450 miles of range. There’s new supporting evidence, which, if true, could mean customers could be delightfully surprised with the range of their electric pickup as compared to company estimates.

In July 2021, InsideEVs hitched a ride in a Ford F-150 Lightning prototype with Darren Palmer, and it was not in the prototype from MKBHD’s video in May 2021. Palmer, who is the general manager of Ford’s BEV division, did the driving. This prototype’s touchscreen indicated a 472-mile range estimate when the battery was at 100% SoC. Palmer said that the final F-150 Lightning that goes to customers will be so accurate on the range estimate that the deviation will be just about 5% even when trailering or transporting cargo.

Video Source: YouTube/Marques Brownlee

Ford was targeting 300 miles of EPA-est. range from the F-150 Lightning, while the official maximum rating has come out even better – 320 miles. The infotainment system of the prototype MKBHD saw in person showed a range of 367 miles when the battery was “about eightyish percent full.” Note that Brownlee’s F-150 Lightning had an empty load bed, and Ford computes the targeted EPA est. 300-mile range with 1,000 pounds of payload, as Palmer told Insider in May 2021. However, the company does not use this method to estimate the fuel efficiency of the gas-powered F-150, a Ford truck spokeswoman told foxnews.com.

The Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford F-150 electric/Ford F-150 EV) celebrated its world premiere on May 19, 2021, and series production began in Michigan on April 26, 2022. Here’s your comprehensive look at the most exciting launch in recent history for the Blue Oval:

Exterior

The Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck has a unique identity to stand out from the wide range of gas-powered Ford F-150 models while still being recognizable as an F150. It features a noticeably different front fascia, expressing the eco-friendly and high-tech nature of its powertrain.

Key to the F-150 Lightning’s design is its unique, high-tech face with an attention-seeking light structure and a cleaner grille design. An end-to-end LED light bar that forms a gate-like visual component makes the F-150 EV immediately recognizable. The main lights are positioned vertically like on the ICE variant but in a more sophisticated and narrow assembly.

The area between the front lights has a closed-off grille with a smoother, textured surface. There are two more grille designs for other configurations, though, and viewers can find all the available grille designs together in the picture above. As for the sides, the alloy wheels have a more aerodynamic design. We’ve seen at least three different designs so far, in 18-, 20-, and 22-inch sizes. At the rear, LED lightbars cover the electric pickup truck’s whole width to give the signature EV styling.

Interior

The interior is similar to that of the gas-powered F-150. Still, while buyers can have that model with a 12-inch SYNC4 landscape touchscreen infotainment system, the zero-emissions version is available with a 15.5-inch SYNC4A portrait touchscreen infotainment system. Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum are the trim options. The Pro and XLT trims include the 12-inch system, and the Lariat and Platinum trims include the 15.5-inch system.

Mustang Mach-E owners would instantly recognize a similar physical knob at the bottom of the screen. SYNC4A means Adaptive Dash Cards and automatic placement of frequently used functions at the top of the screen in addition to the features of SYNC4. Needless to say, over-the-air software updates are supported in the F-150 Lightning, and they are called Ford Power-Up.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning interior
SYNC4A includes natural voice control, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and more. Image Source: Ford

BlueCruise

BlueCruise, Ford’s SAE Level 2 autonomous driving assistant, enables true hands-free, autonomous driving on more than 130,000 miles of compatible divided highways in the U.S. and Canada. It is similar to Tesla Autopilot but does not require the driver’s hands to stay in contact with the steering wheel at all times. It communicates with the driver through text and blue lighting cues in the instrument cluster.

In addition to BlueCruise for autonomous driving, the F-150 Lightning could feature ‘freeDrive’ for remote parking. Usable after scrubbing in a circular pattern on the designated area at the top of the display, freeDrive feature could allow customers to drive their F-150 Lightning in or out of a parking spot using their smartphone. electrek has discovered this potential feature in the FordPass iOS app and has published its pictures in its report.

Specifications

Performance & Capability

The Ford F-150 Lightning features two motors that power all four wheels, meaning that 4×4 is standard. These motors can deliver more horsepower and torque than any Ford F-150 ever.

426 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque were the targeted outputs of the standard-range variant and 563 hp and 775 lb.-ft. were the targeted outputs of the extended-range variant. The final figures are even better, with the standard-range variant’s motors producing 452 horsepower and the extended-range variant’s motors generating 580 hp. Both variants deliver the same torque, and that’s 775 lb.-ft., the same as Ford expected. Normal, Sport, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul are the selectable drive modes.

A mid-4-second figure is the targeted 0-60 mph acceleration time for the Extended-Range battery model. James Farley Jr., President, CEO, and Director, Ford, says that “it’s quicker than a Raptor,” which means that the 0-60 mph acceleration time should be less than 4.5 seconds. That’s impressive for a heavy pick-up truck like this weighing 6,500 pounds (curb weight). A J.P. Morgan analyst drove a prototype and was “blown away by the ride experience,” Benzinga reported in May 2021.

For the last two generations, Ford has marked the F-150 as an aluminum-intensive pickup truck to communicate its increased strength and reduced weight to customers. The thirteenth-gen F-150 was 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor because of the extensive usage of lightweight materials. While 6,500 pounds sounds a lot, the curb weight of the electric variant could have been heavier had Ford not focused on the various weight-saving measures since the thirteenth generation.

Full-size spare wheel

Ford F-150 Lightning chassis and spare tire
Ford will offer a full-size spare tire as standard in the F-150 Lightning. Image Source: Twitter/mrlevine

It is worth noting that while automakers often avoid offering a spare tire in EVs to save weight, Ford plans to fit every F-150 Lightning with a spare tire as standard, Mike Levine, the company’s Product Communications Manager in North America, confirmed on Twitter. That’s not all, though. While spare tires are often smaller to save weight and space, the Ford F-150 Lightning spare tire will be full-size.

Levine said that in situations where the driver is far from pavement or roadside assistance, “a temporary doughnut spare tire won’t work,” as per a Freep report. “If you don’t have a full-size spare, you’ve just lost time quickly getting back on the road and back to work,” he added. Especially when towing a trailer for a long distance, a smaller spare tire is not recommended.

On the same point, Ted Cannis, who manages Ford’s North American commercial business, said on Twitter that Ford customers insisted the company offers a full-size spare tire. The spare wheel of the Ford F-150 Lightning will be located below the bed on an underframe carrier.

Payload & Towing

Ford was targeting a maximum payload capacity of 2,000 pounds for the Standard-Range F-150 Lightning and 1,800 pounds for the Extended-Range F-150 Lightning. The company has now confirmed that the former can tow up to 2,235 pounds.

The targeted maximum towing capacity with Max Trailer Tow Package is 7,700 pounds for the Standard-Range configurations and up to 10,000 pounds for the Extended-Range configurations. Thanks to a low center of gravity, the F-150 electric offers more confident handling than the gas-powered F-150. It has an independent rear suspension – a first for any F-Series model – that helps minimize body roll and leads to a smooth ride.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning towing trailer
Ford is targeting a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds for the F-150 Lightning. Image Source: Ford

The Blue Oval had demonstrated a prototype towing 10 double-decker rail cars and 42 F-150s, weighing more than a million pounds, in July 2019.

Equally capable as the gas-powered truck

Before the reveal, Ford officials suggested that F-150 electric or the F-150 Lightning would be as capable as the ICE F-150 that is available in gasoline, diesel, and gasoline-electric hybrid variants.

We have an opportunity to have a real impact with that product. And the same thing for our F-150 pickup, which again when you think about being able to electric — fully electrified product like the F-150 provide the functionality and cargo carrying capacity and the other attributes of customers in these segments have come to demand. That’s where we’re going to see the opportunity have a real impact.

Bob Holycross, Vice President, Chief Sustainability, Environment and Safety, Ford (at the J.P. Morgan Global ESG Virtual Conference)

What’s unique about F-150 all-electric vehicle is its design purpose-built to do work. So it’s going to be authentically built for tough. And so when you think about what does that mean to customers, that means something. That’s got a longstanding heritage, it’s got a longstanding history. And people know what they get. That vehicle is going to show up and be able to do the work that you expect out of it.

Jim Baumbick Vice President, Enterprise Product Line Management, Ford (at Bank of America Global Automotive Summit)

In a conference call in February 2021, Farley Jr., suggested that the F-150 Electric’s motors will be made in-house at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant.

So, we already announced insourcing plans for e-motors and e-axles. In fact, the whole differential and e-motors – I was at Van Dyke – for the F-150 are all in-sourced now. And we’re making e-motors and e-transaxles for the first time. That’s all in-house. We actually design our own inverter. But we’re having a supplier build it for us because we think they have more capability.

James Farley Jr., President, CEO, and Director, Ford at Wolfe Research Global Auto, Auto Tech, and Mobility Conference

On the ‘Frunk’ space

Ford is pitching high practicality and affordability as facets of the electric F-150. The company says that it features a mega power frunk that is locked and accessed easily by a powered open and close system. This frunk should offer 400 liters of volume and 400 pounds of payload. That’d be enough space to stow two carry-on bags, one checked bag, and a couple of golf club sets.

The innovative front trunk offers many conveniences like two USB chargers, four electrical outlets, and a drainable floor that can be used even as a food and beverage container. 2.4 kW power output is available for charging/powering devices, enough to plug in laptops, crockpots, speakers, power tools, TVs, and more. For more power needs, 7.2 kW can be drawn through outlets in the cab and bed.

Battery & Range

The Ford F-150 Lightning will be available in Standard-Range and Extended-Range battery pack options. The Standard-Range battery pack is a 98 kWh unit, and it provides an EPA-est. range of 230 miles. Extended-Range is a massive, 131 kWh pack that provides an EPA-est. range of up to 320 miles.

By default, the Pro, XLT, and Lariat trims will have the 98 kWh battery pack. However, Ford will offer an option to upgrade to the 131 kWh in the XLT and Lariat trims. The company will offer this option in the Pro trim, too, but only to fleet customers. The Platinum trim will get the 131 kWh battery pack as standard. Below are the final EPA-estimated range figures for all the F-150 Lightning models:

ConfigurationBattery PackFinal EPA-est. Range (Comb.)Final EPA-est. Range (City)Final EPA-est. Range (Hwy)
F-150 Lightning Pro SR98 kWh230 miles253.2 miles201.6 miles
F-150 Lightning Pro ER (Fleet-only)131 kWh320 miles350.2 miles283.1 miles
F-150 Lightning XLT SR98 kWh230 miles253.2 miles201.6 miles
F-150 Lightning XLT ER131 kWh320 miles350.2 miles283.1 miles
F-150 Lightning Lariat SR98 kWh230 miles253.2 miles201.6 miles
F-150 Lightning Lariat ER131 kWh320 miles350.2 miles283.1 miles
F-150 Lightning Platinum (ER)131 kWh300 miles326.5 miles267.6 miles
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning range as per EPA

Official EPA-rated energy efficiency ratings of the 2022 F-150 Lightning are also out. The 2022 F-150 Lightning Standard-Range’s energy efficiency rating, irrespective of the trim (Pro/XLT/Lariat), is 76 MPGe (city)/61 MPGe (highway)/68 MPGe (combined).

The 2022 F-150 Lightning Extended-Range impresses with much better figures: 78 MPGe (city)/63 MPGe (highway)/70 MPGe (combined). However, these figures don’t apply to the fully-loaded Platinum trim, in which the Extended-Range 131 kWh battery pack is a standard fitment.

The energy efficiency rating of the 2022 F-150 Lightning Platinum, is 73 MPGe (city)/60 MPGe (highway)/66 MPGe (combined). In comparison, the Rivian R1T Large Pack (135 kWh) is slightly more efficient: 74 MPGe (city)/66 MPGe (highway)/70 MPGe (combined).

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning specifications range
The Ford F-150 Lightning will be available in 98 kWh (Standard-Range) and 131 kWh (Extended-Range) battery packs. Image Source: YouTube/DriveElectric Columbus

The report from Foxnews, citing the company’s engineering team, also says that the F-150 Lightning’s battery packs could weigh up to approximately 1,800 pounds. Given the massive 131 kWh storage capacity (Extended-Range), we wouldn’t be surprised if that is the case. Most new EVs operate with 60-90 kWh battery pack options.

NCM9 type cells

Ford is using NCM9-type Lithium-ion batteries for the F-150 Lightning. SK Innovation will supply the batteries from this year, and it says that NCM9 is the most powerful type of Lithium-ion battery. An NCM9 battery has approximately 90% Nickel content, and the amount of Nickel can significantly influence the output and driving range of an EV. The first picture in the image gallery below shows SK Innovation displaying an early F-150 Lightning prototype fitted with the NCM9-type Lithium-ion battery at the InterBattery 2021 event. The second picture shows Farley Jr. and SK Innovation’s President & CEO Jun Kim holding the same.

Charging

A standard 80-amp charge station will allow customers to take advantage of the truck’s dual onboard charging system at home and add an average range of 30 miles every hour, with 15%-100% SoC charging in the Extended-Range truck taking about eight hours.

The maximum fast-charging rate supported is 150 kilowatts, and it allows charging from 15%-100% SoC in about 41 minutes. Charging enough to provide a range of up to 54 miles can be achieved in just 10 minutes using a 150 kW charger.

Ford Intelligent Backup Power

Ford F-150 Lightning V2V charging bidirectional charging
The Ford F-150 Lightning supports bidirectional charging, and so, V2V charging is possible. Image Source: Ford

The F-150 Lightning debuts Ford Intelligent Backup Power, a bidirectional charging feature that allows vehicle-to-load (V2L) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) functions. The units configured with the 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard power source, optional in Pro and XLT trims and standard in Lariat and Platinum trims, will allow V2V charging at Level 2 rates.

The picture above is of an F-150 Lightning transmitting electricity stored in its battery pack to a Mustang Mach-E. Ford says that using the Ford Mobile Power Cord charger, which can deliver L2 charging, every hour of charging should add 20 miles of range (on an average) to a Mustang Mach-E extended-range RWD, up to 13 miles of range to the F-150 Lightning, and 10 miles of range (on an average) to the E-Transit low-roof cargo van.

In an emergency, customers can use the power stored in the battery of the F-150 Lightning for the household. When the power comes back, the truck automatically starts charging. The Extended-Range model can power a typical American house with an average of 30 kWh of use per day for up to three days. If power is used conservatively, customers can increase this period to as long as ten days.

Ford Intelligent Power

A feature called the Ford Intelligent Power will be rolled out in the future to allow customers to switch to battery power for their homes during the high-cost, peak-energy hours. The truck will charge its battery during the low-cost hours at night and save owners money.

Ford Charge Station Pro

To make the most of the Ford Intelligent Backup Power, F-150 Lightning customers will need a Ford Charge Station Pro Level 2 wall charger, a Home Integration System, and a solar system installed at their place. Ford Charge Station Pro, co-developed with Siemens, will be free for F-150 Lightning extended-range customers. The Home Integration System, jointly developed with Sunrun, enables two-way power flow. It consists of a power inverter, a dark start battery, and a transfer switch.

Customers opting for the F-150 Lightning standard-range can purchase the Ford Charge Station Pro charger for USD 1,310. The highlights of this wall charger apart from enabling Ford Intelligent Backup Power include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and FordPass Connected app support. This charger provides up to 11.5 kW/80-amp output.

Charging the F-150 Lightning with the Ford Charge Station Pro charger from 15-100% SoC takes 10 hours in the standard-range variant and 8 hours in the extended-range variant. The average range per charging hour is 19 miles in the standard-range variant and 30 miles in the extended-range variant.

Ford F-150 Lightning Spec Sheet

ParameterFord F-150 Electric Standard-Range BatteryFord F-150 Electric Extended-Range Battery
Length232.7 in.232.7 in.
Width80.0 in. (excl. mirrors)/83.6 in. (mirrors folded)/96.0 in. (incl. mirrors)80.0 in. (excl. mirrors)/83.6 in. (mirrors folded)/96.0 in. (incl. mirrors)
Cab Height78.9 in.78.9 in.
Wheelbase145.5 in.145.5 in.
Approach Angle25.4°25.4°
Departure Angle24.2°24.2°
Breakover Angle17.8°17.8°
Ground Clearance8.9 in.8.9 in.
Targeted Maximum Payload2,000 lbs2,000 lbs
Confirmed Maximum Payload2,235 lbsTo Be Announced
Targeted Maximum Towing capacity (with Max Trailer Tow Package)7,700 lbs7,700 lbs
Drivetrain LayoutDual-motor AWDDual-motor AWD
Targeted Peak Power452 hp580 hp
Targeted Peak Torque775 lb.-ft.775 lb.-ft.
Battery TypeLithium-ion pouch, liquid-cooledLithium-ion pouch, liquid-cooled
Battery Pack Energy Storage Capacity98 kWh131 kWh
Onboard Charger Input/Output11.3 kW/10.5 kW19.2 kW/17.6 kW
15-100% Level 2 (AC) Charging Time (32A/240W Mobile Charger)14 hours19 hours
15-100% Level 2 (AC) Charging Time (48A Connected Charge Station)10 hours13 hours
15-100% Level 2 (AC) Charging Time (80A Ford Charge Station Pro)10 hours8 hours
15-80% Level 3 (DC) Fast-Charging Time (50 kW)91 minutes122 minutes
15-80% Level 3 (DC) Fast-Charging Time (150 kW)44 minutes41 minutes
Miles/Charge (1 hour 32A/240W Mobile Charger)14 miles13 miles
Miles/Charge (1 hour, 48A Ford Connected Charge Station)19 miles20 miles
Miles/Charge (1 hour, 80A Ford Charge Station Pro)19 miles30 miles
Miles/Charge (10 minutes, 150 kW DC Fast-Charger)41 miles54 miles
Targeted EPA-Estimated Range230 miles300 miles
Final EPA-Estimated Range230 milesUp to 320 miles
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning specifications (Source: Ford)

Manufacturing

Ford manufactures the F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn (Michigan), USA. The company held the groundbreaking ceremony of this 500,000-square-foot plant on September 17, 2020, and in no mood to wait, it started pre-production of the F-150 Lightning one year later, on September 16, 2021. It started series production of the F-150 Lightning on April 26, 2022.

Citing Palmer, Automotive News said in a report on May 9, 2022, that Ford has built approximately 2,800 F-150 Lightnings in less than three weeks from the start of production. There’s a “really high mix” of retail orders for the Lariat trim, Palmer said. Another interesting new fact that has come up in the production aspect is that 20% of the units Ford is producing right now are of the Pro trim. This means that approximately 560 units built so far are in the entry-level trim.

The F-150 Lightning’s demand is surpassing Ford’s highest expectations. The company plans to nearly double the annual production of the F-150 Lightning to 150,000 units to meet soaring customer demand in 2023. In September 2021, it had said that it was making additional investments and adding jobs to ramp up production. Following the USD 700 million initial investment in the Ford Rouge Center (now Rouge Electric Vehicle Center) confirmed in 2020, the company had announced an additional USD 250 million investment for the factory, the Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center, and Rawsonville Components Plant.

Ford has a high-tech manufacturing setup for the F-150 electric, and one of the advanced processes in the production will include self-driving transport sleds. Gary Johnson, the company’s chief manufacturing and labor affairs officer, has told fordauthority.com that these autonomous sleds would transport the Ford F150 Lightning’s bodies from one station to the next. The paintwork would happen alongside the ICE-powered Ford F-150.

Battery Manufacturing

Ford may source EV batteries from companies like LG Chem and SK Innovation initially but may shift to internal manufacturing in the long-term. This could be a few years after the Ford F-150 Lightning goes on sale.

Chief product platform and operations officer Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer, Ford, told CNBC in an interview that currently, the company doesn’t have enough sales volume to justify a battery plant of its own. “But by 2025, as we bring on the F-150, the E-Transit, and another battery electric vehicle that we’ve announced, we’ll have enough volume in North America to justify our own plant,” Thai-Tang added. Ford spokeswoman Jennifer Flake commented that it might become feasible to produce its EV battery cells by 2025.

Deliveries

When Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning in May 2021, it said that it will start customer deliveries in spring 2022. We expect the first F-150 Lightning units to reach dealers this month. Ford says that more than 2,300 EV-certified dealers across the U.S. will sell the all-electric F-150 in four trim and two battery options.

Display units of the F-150 Lightning are presumably still a few weeks from dealers. Ford is using the buffer time to promote the F-150 Lightning at events across the United States. The company has showcased it at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show, 2021 State Fair of Texas, 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, 2022 Chicago Auto Show, and the 2022 New York Auto Show.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning NASCAR pace vehicle
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning was the official pace vehicle for a NASCAR event in early April. Image Source: Ford

The 2022 F-150 Lightning was the official pace vehicle for the NASCAR Cup Series event that took place at Martinsville Speedway on April 9, 2022. Palmer thinks that with so much horsepower and torque, available almost instantly, and a 0-60 mph acceleration time in the mid-4-second range, the F-150 Lightning has the potential to turn heads even at the track. Ford took the announcement of the 2022 F-150 Lightning NASCAR pace vehicle to reaffirm that customer delivery of the 2022 F-150 Lightning will begin on time this spring.

Driving Impressions

Ford has offered several journalists working in the auto and tech field a ride in the F-150 Lightning for a taste of what’s coming this spring. Green Car Reports Editor Bengt Halvorson rode shotgun in the electric truck for 10 minutes and made some interesting observations. He said that this was the smoothest, quietest, and the best ride he has experienced in an F-150.

The all-electric F-150 felt right at home on unpaved roads. In one instance of quick acceleration on a gravel surface, both front and rear wheels spun using all the torque sent to them without creating wheelspin, and no sound of gravel slipping entered the cabin. The final production units could be further refined.

Reservations & Orders

Ford has stopped taking reservations for the F-150 Lightning in the U.S. The company says on its website that it has closed reservations to start accepting orders. According to a CarsDirect report, order books for the Pro and XLT trims have closed. This means existing reservation holders who get an opportunity to confirm their order will have no choice but to choose either the Lariat trim or the range-topping Platinum trim.

In an announcement on January 4, 2022, Ford said it will invite reservation holders to make a confirmed booking in batches or “wave-by-wave” over the next few months. Reservation holders who don’t get invitations for a confirmed order for the 2022 model year will need to switch to a future model year. Fleet orders are on hold, too, Ford Authority reported on January 31, 2022. There’s no word on when the fleet orders will resume.

Last year, Ford was accepting reservations for the F-150 Lightning with a small deposit of USD 100. It has taken 200,000 reservations, and we’ve detailed the chronology of how it reached that six-digit figure in this section.

Just two days after the reveal, Ford had received 44,500 F-150 Lightning reservations, Farley Jr. said on his Twitter page. On July 2, 2021, Ford said that the F-150 Lightning reservations had surpassed 100,000 units. On July 28, 2021, the company announced that the orders had surpassed 120,000 units. On September 2, 2021, its monthly (August) sales report revealed that the reservations had crossed 130,000 units. Two weeks later on September 16, 2021, when Ford announced pre-production commencement, it said that the reservations had increased to 150,000 units.

We are now working around the clock to break constraints and increase our manufacturing capacity for these red-hot, new battery electric vehicles.

James Farley Jr., President, CEO, and Director, Ford (Q2 2021 earnings call conference)

During Ford’s Q3 2021 earnings conference call on October 27, 2021, Farley Jr. revealed that the number of F-150 Lightning pre-orders has increased by approximately 10,000 units.

We have the Lightning with over 160,000 orders, and the E-Transit is completely sold out.

James Farley Jr., President, CEO, and Director, Ford (Q3 2021 earnings call conference on October 27, 2021)

In an announcement on November 9, 2021, Ford said that it had surveyed F-150 Lightning retail reservation holders. The results indicated for 79% of the reservation holders, the F-150 Lightning will be their first BEV. For 56% of the reservation holders, this is their first Ford. The highest number of reservations are from California, Texas, and Florida. On April 26, 2022, Ford said in the SOP announcement that a full three-quarters of reservation holders do not currently own or lease a Ford model, meaning 75% of them are new to the brand.

More than half of the customers ordering the F-150 Lightning are pickup customers, Farley Jr. revealed during the Q2 2021 earnings conference call. 40% of the customers will exchange their ICE pickup, which indicates that people are accepting electric pickups as their primary workhorse.

Almost 80% are new to Ford. What’s interesting, two out of five are people who are going to trade in an ICE pickup, which is very important because it indicates a move a little bit faster to full-size truck BEV than maybe our optimistic assumptions.

James Farley Jr., President, CEO, and Director, Ford (Q2 2021 earnings call conference)

Ford’s first all-electric pickup truck is not available for test drives or even customer display, and yet, it generates significant interest. Not all pre-orders end up converting to bookings, and they cannot be considered equivalent of sales. However, if the momentum continues and history repeats itself, customers may face long waiting periods for deliveries. In the case of the Ford Bronco, 125,000+ of 190,000+ (approximately 66%) initial reservations converted into final orders.

On November 18, 2021, when the F-150 Lightning reservations were closing in on 200,000 units, Automotive News reported that Ford expects more than 80% of reservations to convert into sales. On December 9, 2021, Farley Jr. told CNBC‘s Jim Cramer that the company stopped taking reservations at 200,000 units. On January 4, 2021, Ford announced that it had accepted “nearly 200,000 reservations” in all. As we explained in the manufacturing section, the company is taking measures to combat the overwhelming demand. On April 26, 2022, when Ford announced the start of series production of the F-150 Lightning, it said that it has taken 200,000 reservations so far.

ICE F-150 customers may have had to upgrade periodically because of tightening emission standards. However, the electric F-150 customers would not face that problem. Speaking to The Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel on a Decoder podcast, Farley Jr. said he could easily see EV customers owning the same truck for 30 years.

Ford Pro bags commercial order

United Rentals has announced in a press release that it would purchase 500 Ford F-150 Lightning trucks from Ford Pro for its North American rental and company fleets. The vehicles will be used for rental purposes and will also be used by customers on construction and industrial job sites. Moreover, United Rentals would reduce its internal carbon footprint as its sales, service, and delivery personnel will also use the electric truck. What’s more, United Rentals has also agreed to purchase 30 e-Transit vans—120 trucks and the 30 vans will be delivered in 2022.

Resale ban

Ford has bad news for scalpers intending to profit from their early-delivery F-150 Lightning, as per a report from Ford Authority. As it did at the time of the second-gen GT launch, it will mandate buyers to sign a no-sale clause that bars them from selling, offering to sell, or otherwise transferring any ownership interest in their 2022 F-150 Lightning in the first year of ownership. Effectively, no buyer would be able to conduct a resale before the first anniversary of their particular unit. By that time, Ford might be able to ramp up production, but that doesn’t help much since reservations are already way higher than what the company can handle even after normalizing production.

Demo unit sale restriction

Like customers, dealers are also on the watch of Ford to ensure there’s no malpractice to profit off the early shipped F-150 Lightning units unethically. The company has sent out a memo (view on F-150 Lightning Forum) to dealers warning them to avoid premature sales of F-150 Lightning demo units.

Under the Ford’s Courtesy Transportation Program (FCTP), dealers will be able to get one demo unit of F-150 Lightning ahead of sales commencement. They must keep their F-150 Lightning demo unit in service for at least 180 days. There’s no mileage requirement, but selling the demo unit before the minimum in-service period will result in a penalty of USD 25,000 unless the dealer can replace that unit with another F-150 Lightning within 90 days. Breaching the terms would bar the dealer from receiving future FCTP Mannequin (demo unit) programs as well.

Price

Prices of the Ford F-150 lightning start at USD 39,974 for the commercial-oriented base configuration and go up to USD 90,874 for the range-topping configuration loaded with all options. The commercial version “will be white” and have “very basic specs,” Farley Jr. said during the Decoder podcast mentioned above. The retail version will pack all the headline-making features and come in multiple color options.

TrimFord F-150 Lightning Price
ProUSD 39,974 MSRP onwards
XLTUSD 52,974 MSRP onwards
LariatUSD 67,474 MSRP onwards
PlatinumUSD 90,874 MSRP onwards
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning prices

The fleet buyer would be the main customer of the F-150 Lightning’s base ‘Pro’ trim. According to a report from electrek.co, Ford wouldn’t prioritize deliveries of the F-150 Lightning units specified in the expensive configurations, as it has decided to manufacture variants in a mix. The company may commence deliveries of the base F-150 Lightning at the same time as the F-150 Lightning XLT, F-150 Lightning Lariat, and/or F-150 Lightning Platinum.

No F-150 Lightning discount ads

Like Tesla, Ford is taking a stand against discounting its electric vehicle models. The company has advised dealers not to advertise the F-150 Lightning at a discounted MSRP, CarsDirect reported on September 10, 2021. This ‘Ad Covenant Program’ is voluntary, and dealers who comply will get a 1% cut from the MSRP payments.

On the Lariat variant & Premium Package

According to a report from tfltruck.com, Ford will offer a Premium Package to customers ordering their 2022 F-150 Lightning in the XLT trim. Costing USD 3,800, the Premium Package option will add Ford Co-Pilot Assist 2.0 with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), passive keyless entry, steering wheel heating, and 10-way power adjustment for the front seats. Moreover, the package will swap the 18-inch wheels, 2.4 kW onboard charger, and conventional tailgate, with 20-inch wheels, 9.6 kW onboard charger, and power up/down tailgate, respectively.

Customers going for the Lariat trim will also get a Premium Package option. In this case, the upgrade will cost USD 12,000 in addition to the trim MSRP. It will include a dual-motor powertrain, twin-panel moonroof, Ford Co-Pilot Active 2.0 with BlueCruise autonomous driving, lockable, partitioned fold-flat rear storage, heated second-row seats, power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory function, Phone As A Key functionality, and trailer brake and hitch assist.

Residual Values

Customers planning to lease a Ford F-150 Lightning might be left disappointed with its residual values. CarsDirect has seen a Ford Credit leasing bulletin that reveals that the residual value of the F-150 Lightning in its entry-level Pro trim in case of a 36-month lease is 60%. While that’s a high residual value for an EV, it’s not as good as that of the F-150 XL (63%) or the F-150 Hybrid (65%). Ford Options Plan is probably better than leasing, as it at least allows benefitting from the USD 7,500 EV tax credit, which customers cannot claim in case of a lease. Lease residual values are higher than with Ford Options Plan, but losing the USD 7,500 EV tax credit eligibility could make the F-150 Lightning way more expensive than a gas-powered or hybrid model.

What you get in the $40k F-150 Lightning variant

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro that costs $40k onwards is instantly recognizable because it doesn’t feature the signature hood lighting that is standard in other trims. It has a basic grille, LED projector headlamps with dynamic bending and LED signature lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, and LED tail lamps. Signature LED tailgate lighting is not part of the exterior lighting either.

Base Ford F-150 Lightning Pro variant
The $40k Ford F-150 Lightning Pro has the Standard-Range battery pack and the older SYNC system. Image Source: Ford

On the technology front, the $40k Ford F-150 Lightning includes a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and the older, SYNC 4 infotainment system with a smaller, 12-inch landscape touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation, and wireless updates. The front occupants get vinyl bucket seats with two-way manual adjustment. The capacity of the onboard charger is 2.4 kW, and there are multiple 120 V outlets: two in the cab, two in the bed, and four in the front trunk.

The Ford Co-Pilot 360 2.0 set of driver assistant systems in the base F-150 Lightning includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (including Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, and Dynamic Brake Support), BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System with Lane-Keeping Alert, automatic high-beam, backup camera, rear parking sensors, Reverse Brake Assist, and Post-Collision Braking.

How Ford achieved the sub-40k starting price

For those who wonder how Ford could price the F-150 Lightning so close to the gasoline F-150, especially in the base configuration, the answer is economies of scale. Palmer briefly explained to autoblog.com at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show how it was made possible.

Palmer said that in persuading F-150 customers to switch to electric, the price was the main barrier. The high volumes the F-150 fetches as America’s best-selling pickup helped the company overcome that obstacle. The top half of the pickup has a scale of 4 million units, Ford’s BEV chief added. Ford needs to source four million units of many parts, and so, it can negotiate very competitive pricing.

As for the components that are unique to the F-150 Lightning, some of them, like the frame with the independent rear suspension, for instance, come from the same supplier. The electric pickup shares unique components like motors, speed controllers, batteries, and chargers with other Ford EVs. So, Ford realizes the advantages of scale for them, too. Moreover, many Ford and Lincoln EVs are lined up in the next few years. So, the company can negotiate lower pricing with suppliers assuring them to benefit from its EV offensive.

Ford F-150 Lightning Canada release

The Ford F-150 Lightning will be available in Canada in four trim and two battery options. More than 360 EV-certified Ford Canada dealers will have the F-150 electric on sale. The F-Series has been Canada’s best-selling truck for 55 years, and with the F-150 Lightning, Ford is beginning to secure its future in the EV era.

The F-150 Lightning prices in Canada start at CAD 58,000 (USD 45,622) and go up to CAD 110,000 (USD 86,524). However, the Blue Oval will launch the base trim in Canada at a later date, suggests Motor1.com.

TrimFord F-150 Lightning Price in Canada
ProCAD 58,000 MSRP onwards
XLTCAD 68,000 MSRP onwards
LariatTBA
PlatinumTBA
Detailed pricing release scheduled in Fall 2021

The F-150 Lightning prices in Canada are higher compared to the U.S., but Ford will compensate the premium with additional equipment, at least in the XLT trim. The F-150 Lightning XLT costs CAD 68,000 (USD 53,488), but Ford Canada has told Motor1.com that units sold in Canada will include more standard features.

Canada has brought the deadline for automakers to adopt zero-emission powertrains across the line-up forward by 5 years. On June 29, 2021, the Government of Canada announced that all new light-duty cars and passenger truck sales must be zero-emission from 2035. The same day, the country made the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (Bill C-12) a law. Here on, Canada will have new emissions reduction targets every five years.

No Ford F-150 Lightning Super Duty variant

A GMC Hummer EV rival is not something that the Blue Oval is considering today. “At the moment, we do not have any plans to go into heavy-duty with battery-electric vehicles,” Kumar Galhotra, President, Ford (Americas & International Markets Group), said during a fireside chat Credit Suisse hosted to discuss the company’s Q3 2020 results on November 2, 2020. “Our goal is to build a profitable electric vehicle portfolio,” John Lawler, CFO, Ford, said during the event, emphasizing that the learning from the F-150 EV would shape the contour of its future launches.

Meanwhile, arch-rival GM is going full-throttle developing its F-150 electric rival. The company has confirmed that this model will be the first-ever Chevrolet Silverado electric and be able to deliver a range of more than 400 miles (internal estimate). The company plans to manufacture it in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan (USA) starting in early 2023.

Winter testing in Alaska

Ford F-150 Lightning on snow
The Ford F-150 Lightning comes with full-time 4×4, electronically locking e-differential and e-motors that produce 775 lb-ft (1050 Nm). Image: Ford/Youtube

A team of eleven Ford engineers headed to Alaska to test the Ford F-150 Lightning’s performance on snow and in freezing winter temperatures earlier this year. According to the brand’s video released on March 3, 2022, the team spent 14 days in areas where the temperature dropped to as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. The team leveraged the quick responding electric motors to control how the powertrain puts down power in slippery conditions.

Ride along

Ford conducted a ‘ride along’ drive for the press in the second week of March 2022, where journalists were invited to Michigan to experience the F-150 Lightning’s capabilities from the co-driver’s seat. According to CNET, Ford engineers showcased the EV’s agility by drifting it on snow, demonstrating its precise response to inputs. Ford engineers also drove the pickup over regular roads, where it remains planted and composed thanks to independent suspension at the front and rear.

In terms of range anxiety in winter conditions, a Ford engineer told Cnet that customers should pre-plan longer routes properly and precondition the battery using Level 2 AC chargers to ensure that temperatures reach optimum levels.

Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford F150 Electric) FAQs

What is the Ford F-150 Lightning release date?

The F-150 Lightning electric truck will ship to customers this spring. Production has started.

Which pickups would be considered Ford F-150 Lightning rivals?

The Ford F-150 Electric will challenge the Rivian R1T, Chevrolet Silverado EV, the Tesla Cybertruck, and the RAM electric truck (1500 BEV).

What is the Ford F-150 Lightning price?

The price of the base Ford F150 Electric is USD 39,974.

Featured image: Ford