After years of hype, Ford has pulled again the curtain on its all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck.
The truck has been in growth at Ford for the final three years and is the follow-up to the Mustang Mach-e which was revealed in 2019. There’s loads driving on the electrification of the F-150 contemplating Ford’s F-series vans are the preferred autos bought in North America.
The truck begins at $58,000 CAD and a spread of 370km. The extra tricked-out ‘XLT’ model begins at $68,000 CAD and might drive 483km per cost. This is roughly $10,000 CAD greater than it prices to transform the U.S. base value of $39,000 USD (roughly, $48,000 CAD).
This beginning value places it extra according to Tesla’s Cybertruck that begins at roughly $50,980 CAD, and vastly undercuts the presumed costly electrical Hummer and the Rivian R1T, two different hotly anticipated electrical vans.
The Lightning can also be the fasted truck that Ford’s ever made with a fairly snappy 0-60km time of 4.4 seconds. It’s no Porsche Taycan, however for a truck, it’ll seemingly flip some heads.
The highest-end Hummer EV says it may well do it in three seconds and Elon Musk says the fastest Cybertruck trim can hit 100km in 2.9 seconds. That being mentioned, he additionally mentioned its home windows had been robust sufficient to face as much as an enormous ball being thrown at them, and everyone knows how that went.
Overall, Ford may not have the quickest truck off the road, however in relation to EVs that instantaneous torque feels fairly good it doesn’t matter what automobile you’re driving. For occasion, the Volvo XC40 Recharge I reviewed had a 1-100km time of 4.9 seconds and it nonetheless felt like a fairly quick SUV in each sensible sense.
EVs even have a decrease centre of gravity and Ford says the Lighting is completely balanced which additionally makes it the very best dealing with F-150 ever.
The Ford Lightning has a 2,000lbs payload capability and a ten,000lbs towing capability. to assist this, the truck has 563hp and 775 foot-pounds of torque. To assist customers hold monitor of their vary when carrying a heavy load, customers can optionally add scales to know precisely how a lot a full load will affect battery life.
One of the cooler options Ford introduced on the present is that the Lightning F-150 can energy a home through reverse charging throughout an outage. With DC fast-charging Ford says that the truck cag will get roughly 87km per 10-minutes and might go from 15-80 p.c in 41 minutes. The included charger that comes with the truck for house charging can go from 15 to 100% cost in eight hours making it good for in a single day charging.
Ford’s anticipating to begin getting electrical F-150s into the arms of the individuals by mid-2022.
ford hasn’t modified an excessive amount of in regards to the exterior of the electrical F-150 Lightning which I’m certain will please present F-150 house owners who appeared on the Cybertruck and simply shook their heads.
To make it stand on the market’s a brand new entrance lightbar framing the grill to present it a subtly fashionable look. I’m truly a fairly large fan of the design, to be sincere, and I believe it ought to assist present truck house owners look critically about proudly owning an electrical model. I believe the Rivian R1T, which Ford is definitely invested in, nonetheless holds my coronary heart with its design, however all in all, the F-150 Lightning is a really truck-looking truck.
There’s additionally a rear tail gentle bar that stretches from one facet to the opposite and surrounds lighting that can be utilized at evening as a good space gentle.
ford additionally says there are three totally different grill designs for the brand new F-150 and that it’s probably the most aerodynamic Ford truck ever.
The actual standout although is the huge entrance truck that Ford says can match as much as 400 litres of drugs. Plus there are even some plugs within the waterproof entrance trunk and the mattress so individuals can energy instruments and different electrical devices. Ford says there are 11 retailers stationed across the truck.
Inside the lightning Ford rocking a 15.5-inch show with a portrait orientation just like the Mach-e and a 12-inch display screen for the instrument cluster. Notably, it’s additionally retained the large quantity knob from that electrical Mustang.
All variations of the F-150 Lightning are going to come back with a big crew cab design making it sit 5 individuals.
Smarts and tech options
Not solely is the truck outfitted with electrical retailers it’s additionally received Ford’s new BlueCruise driver help know-how that works on 160,000km of accepted highways in Canada and the U.S.
For people who must haul quite a lot of trailers Ford’s added ‘Pro Trailer Hitch
Assist,’ that may again up and management the truck mechanically to make hitching trailer straightforward sufficient for a single particular person to do.
The firm can also be including in a brand new characteristic that permits customers to make use of their telephone as a key which is a pleasant characteristic that I’m anticipating nearly all new automobiles to have going ahead.
Like most fashionable EVs the F-150 Lightning will even get over-the-air updates that Ford is asking Power-ups.
More to come back…