2022 Ford F150 Lightning in review: Battery-powered trucks could be a win-win

Price: The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning lineup starts at $39,974.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is an all-electric full-size pickup. Yes, a battery-powered version of the highly regarded, highly capable and highly successful F-150.

A starting price of just under $40k goes for the base work truck trim called the Pro. Most people will want at least the next XLT trim, starting at just under $53k before destination options and costs.

Compared to regular stablemates, there isn’t quite a kaleidoscope of permutations with the new F-150 Lighting. There’s only one cab, a decent four-door Super Crew and seating for five. And one bed length: 5.6 feet (67.1 inches).

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The Rouge Plant, whose construction and production processes are aimed at sustainability. Even forklift trucks run on hydrogen fuel cells. The battery and electric drivetrain components are covered by a warranty that lasts for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The rest of the 2022 Ford F-150 range is reviewed separately.

The remote battery and the Max Trailer Tow Package combine to tow 10,000 pounds. The same standard range battery and tow package can still pull a respectable 7,700 pounds.

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Price Ford F150 Lightning 2022

Starting at the basic Pro tier with standard range batteries, the F-150 Lightning 2022 has a Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price of $39,974, plus destination charges. Shipping starts in the spring.

Offering added convenience and technological features, the F-150 Lightning XLT starts at $52,974. The Lightning lineup tops in Platinum trim, priced at $90,474, which comes standard with pretty much everything this electric truck has to offer, except for the Max Recline seats.

The world of electric pickups is just starting to come alive. Tesla TSLA,
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Cybertrucks start at around $40k. The GMC Hummer EV pickup seems to occupy a different level. The first model to be released has 1,000 horsepower and costs around $113k. Some startups like Lordstown Endurance and Rivian R1T look more reasonable than the Hummer — priced at around $63k and $79k, respectively.

Most of these electric trucks qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit. Except for the Cybertruck, because Tesla’s sales have pushed it past that threshold. There are various state incentives as well.

Before buying, check KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new F-150 Lightning. Electric vehicles usually have a strong resale value and F-150 trucks, in general, do well in this regard. So the electric F-150 could be a win-win, but it’s too early to make a definitive statement.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning features a large, lockable, weather-resistant storage compartment under the hood.

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Driving the 2022 Ford F150 Lightning

Like the Mustang Mach-E, the new electric F-150 has access to a network of FordPass charging stations that stretches to every corner of the United States, with 63,000 outlets and counting. Ford calculated the approximate maximum range with a hypothetical 1,000 pound payload. The uncharged 2022 F-150 Lightning with long-range battery can cover 320 miles on a single charge.

The standard all-wheel-drive system has modes to choose from Normal, Sport, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul. Metal skid plates provide underbody protection.

What is the maximum payload of the F-150 Lightning? It’s 2,235 pounds. This is achieved with standard range batteries. The remote battery can manage 1,800 pounds.

Interior comfort

As with most pickups, the cabin of the 2022 F-150 Lightning goes from standard to extraordinary. The cheapest Pro trims have vinyl upholstery and manually adjustable front seats.

The interior work surface is standard from the XLT level, where the shift lever is pulled into the center console and covered by the unfolded armrest, creating the perfect place for a laptop. The level of luxury increases with price until you finally find yourself in the front seats of the Max Recline that fold almost 180 degrees. They’re great for anyone looking to recharge their own internal battery, while the Ford F-150 Lighting plugs into a charger.

Exterior style

It’s like the F-150 we all know and probably like, with a few tweaks. From the XLT trim onwards, the most obvious tweak is the LED strip that runs across the hood and connects the LED headlight units. Once we reach the Lariat trim, there’s a corresponding red LED strip on the back. This Lightning model also has its own grille treatment.

The simple Trim Pro has no running board. The XLT has a black fixed running board, and the top two trims have the option of a power retractable version.

However, the Pro still comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, while the XLT qualifies for 20-inch alloy wheels in Dark Carbonized Gray. It’s standard with Lariat trim. The Platinum comes in a bright 2-tone 22-inch aluminum/black alloy.

In the bed, the width between the rear wheelhouse is 50.6 inches, and the tailgate work surface is optional in the lower two trims, standard in the upper two. However, it was up front, where Lightning became radical.

The front trunk, made possible by the Lightning electric drivetrain, measures about 14 cubic feet. It can hold several golf bags or 400 pounds of payload, and accommodates a variety of electrical outlets.

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This is a known quantity. The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for many years. The current generation has an aluminum-intensive construction. Ford spent a lot of money and time developing and testing it under all kinds of demanding conditions.

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Zero exhaust emissions and the ability to run equipment from truck batteries. If the local network goes down while charging, the system can reverse direction to power the house. With the loss of the combustion engine, a large, lockable, weather-resistant storage compartment opens under the hood.

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Standard features

In the Pro trim, standard equipment inventory on the 2022 F-150 Lightning includes a standard battery, powered hood, vinyl upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, two 120-volt power outlets in the cab, plus four 120-volt outlets and two USB ports in the front trunk. which is part of the 2.4 kilowatt Onboard Pro Power package (9.6 kW version is optional).

Standard driver aids in the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 range are detailed in our Safety Technologies section below. The infotainment system features a 12-inch touchscreen, enhanced voice recognition, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices, navigation and wireless updates.

The XLT trim gets an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, fabric upholstery, keypad entry, and a 360-degree camera system, as well as eligibility for more options.

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Factory option

Both the XLT and Lariat trims qualify for the long-range battery that is standard on the Platinum. The XLT is also eligible for rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, and adaptive cruise control.

Lariat adds powered tailgate, LED box/zone lighting, rain-detection wipers, heated/ventilated/adjustable front seats (10 directions for driver, along with memory settings), leather seating surface, Pro Power 9.6 kilowatts Onboard settings The Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 features adaptive cruise control and several other driver aids, plus a vertically oriented 15.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a 9-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Lariat and Platinum are eligible for retractable running boards. The Lariat can also be ordered with the Phone As A Key feature (where the truck recognizes the presence of the owner’s smartphone), as well as Blue Cruise’s partial self-driving system and self-parking functions.

Those additions are standard on Platinum, which also features higher-quality leather, massagerable front seats, and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. The Max Recline front seats are an option solely for the Platinum trim.

The Tow Technology package includes a reverse assist camera and a smart trailer connection. There’s also a Max Trailer Tow package with 4-pin/7-pin cable and a Class IV receiver hitch. Both are standard in Platinum, optional elsewhere.

Battery power, charging time and range

Both consist of two transversely mounted fixed magnet AC electric motors, one for each axle, creating an all-wheel drive system as standard.

The difference lies in power and range. The standard range battery produces 452 horsepower and 230 miles. The long-range battery provides 563 horsepower and 320 miles. Both have 775 lb-ft of torque.

How much can a Ford F-150 Lightning tow? The remote battery and the Max Trailer Tow Package combine to tow 10,000 pounds. The same standard range battery and tow package can still pull a respectable 7,700 pounds.

Charging the truck’s lithium-ion battery on a 240-volt supply is best done overnight. DC fast charging stations at 150 kW can increase capacity from 15% to 80% in less than 45 minutes.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not yet calculated the equivalent miles per gallon (MPGe) figure, but official approximate ranges for the various new Lighting pickups appear below.

Two 3-phase fixed magnet AC electric motors (standard batteries)
452 horsepower
775 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
Maximum range from full charge: 230 miles

Two 3-phase fixed magnet AC electric motors (remote battery)
580 horsepower
775 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
Maximum range from full charge: 320 miles (Lariat ER), 300 miles (Platinum)

This story originally ran on KBB.com.

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