Ford catches Lightning in a bottle after revealing its first all-electric pickup to be the most powerful F-150 ever produced last night. The Ford electric pickup comes standard all-wheel-drive and a shockingly low price of $39,974, which drops to $32,474 after the $7,500 federal tax credit it qualifies for is deducted. That price undercuts many smaller electric vehicles and its competition of trucks as well.
The full-size, four-door truck shares its body with the rest of the upcoming F-150 lineup, except for its closed-off grille and full-width light bars front and rear, but things are very different under the skin.
The battery pack will be housed between the frame rails, which have been reinforced with stronger steel to be able to house the extra 1800 of weight. The batteries will be offered in two sizes delivering 230 miles and 300 miles of range.
The F-150 Lightning features dual inboard electric motors with a combined output of 426 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque in the standard-size battery model and 563 hp and 775 lb-ft in the extended range version, which is the most powerful F-150s ever. Ford claims that the F-150 Lightning has a mid-four-second acceleration to 60 mph.
The battery can be filled from 15% to 80% in 41 minutes at a public fast-charging system, and at a rate of 30 miles of electricity per hour when using the available 80-amp home charger.
The F-150 Lightning also features the F-150’s first fully independent suspension, a maximum payload rating of 2,000 pounds and a top tow rating of 10,000 pounds.
During a demonstration on the towing test track at Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds, the F-150 Lightning pulled a 5,000-pound trailer up a 25% grade without skipping a beat or making much noise the way a conventional truck does as it shifts gears and revs its engine. However, it does emit a sci-fi hum at low speeds to alert pedestrians to its presence.
Reservations for the F-150 Lightning are now being accepted with a $100 deposit, but folks who put money down will have to wait a while for their trucks. The first deliveries from Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan aren’t scheduled to begin until next spring.
A number of full-size, all-wheel-drive electric pickups could be on sale by then, including the $52,500 Lordstown Endurance with its claimed range of 250 miles, and the $49,990 Tesla Cybertruck, which has nearly identical performance specs to the extended range F-150 Lightning.