The Ford Lightning is an entirely electric pickup truck similar to the Ford F-150 but replaces its gas engine with a pair of electric motors.
The Ford Lightning has had such an incredible reception that Ford is planning on spending double its original budget to bring this truck to market. That means an extra $850-million more than originally intended because there was a gigantic rush of reservations immediately after the Lighting was announced this past May.
No other truck has earned this much of a reputation this far in advance. Here are some of the key highlights you need to know about Ford’s most impressive and innovative truck to date.
Powered By Lightning
Ok, so the new Ford Lightning isn’t actually powered by lightning bolts like it’s the DeLorean from Back To The Future. It is, however, completely powered by electricity. This beast comes standard with all-wheel drive and two electric motors.
If you go with the standard battery pack, you’ll enjoy a solid 426 horsepower. If you opt for the extended battery pack, get ready for 563 ponies that help push you along. Either way, you’ll also enjoy 775 lb-ft of torque.
Ford announced that the official maximum towing capacity when equipped properly is 10,000 pounds. Standard-range battery packs can handle up to 7,700 pounds. On top of that, the maximum payload amount is between 1,800 and 2,000 pounds, depending on your setup.
On The Road Longer
Drivers used to be wary of electric vehicles because they couldn’t last very long without needing a recharge. That’s absolutely not the case with the Ford Lightning. This marvel of machining should easily handle 230-300 miles of range on a single charge.
You’ll be able to keep your F-150 EV going with a single 110v or 220v outlet at home. There are also public DC charging stations that can take you from 15-percent to 80-percent in under an hour. Your Lightning truck is so powerful that it can actually be used as a backup generator for your home.
There’s also a rumor that Ford is working on a removable range-extending motor. This beast would look like a toolbox across the back of your truck bed. If you need some juice to keep going, this motor will kick on to keep you charged. While this add-on isn’t available yet, it should be available sometime after the official launch.
Every Thing You Love About a Ford F-150 and More
Beyond packing a powerful punch under the hood, the Ford Lightning combines the best that Ford has to offer. That means you will enjoy a 12 or 15-inch display featuring things like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. You’ll especially love the available Bang & Olufsen sound systems that will bring your next journey to life.
Drivers who enjoy having incredible safety systems will not be disappointed. This F-150 EV will come with standard features like automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. Higher-level trims are expected to come with a fresh semi-autonomous driving mode and adaptive cruise control.
Don’t Wait – Reserve Yours Today
The Ford Lightning is expected to be one of the most sought-after new trucks to hit the road since pickups were first invented. With a powerful mix of motor options and tons of interior comforts and features, this truck will easily top the charges in every way imaginable.
If you’re interested in being one of the first people to bring one of these trucks home, stop by your local Ford dealer, where $100 and a little patience will get you on the reservation list. The future is coming, and it’s powered by lightning.