Ford Says F-150 Lightning is a “Push for Progress”

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT. Pre-production model with available features shown. Available starting spring 2022. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.

The Ford F-150 Lightning, an electrified version of the top-selling pickup, will be available in four series and two battery options at more than 2,300 EV-certified Ford dealers in Spring 2022.

Ford unveiled the vehicle this week. Ford will have two separate liquid-cooled batteries, the 230-mile standard and the 300-mile extended range. Ford says the F-150 Lightning targets 563 horsepower, 775 lb.-ft. of “near-instantaneous” torque and a 0-60 mph time in the mid-4-second range. Ford is targeting a maximum 2,000 pounds of payload in the standard-range model with 18-inch wheels, and a maximum 10,000 pounds of available towing capacity on XLT and Lariat trucks with the extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Package.

Over-the-air updates will be available through a system called Ford Power-Up. The interior will feature a 12-inch instrument cluster and a 15.5-inch touch screen.

“The F-150 Lightning is a massive moment for our Ford team. America’s No. 1 auto brand is going zero emissions with America’s favorite vehicle,” Ford President and CEO Jim Farley said in a release. “It’s quicker than a Raptor, with standard 4×4 and independent rear suspension; a power frunk, enough juice to run your house for three days or power an awesome tailgate; and it will forever improve with over-the-air updates. It will be built at the Rouge factory, where Henry Ford changed the world and my grandfather punched in every day. F-150 Lightning represents all that our country can do when we push for progress.”

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