Ford announces the F-150 Lightning Electric Truck

Ford officially announced its 2022 F-150 Lightning electric truck this evening. Starting at just $39,974 (for its commercial, “no-frills” edition), before a $7500 federal tax credit, Ford turned heads with its price. Ford was able to keep costs down by using many of the same parts, such as seats, from its gas-powered F-150.

The electric variant has a number of features that might also turn a few heads and gain a number of EV devotees. Ford stated that the F-150 Lightning can go from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. (President Biden let this slip during his test drive yesterday.) It has a generator that can power the average house for three days. It has a 15.5″ portrait-oriented tablet (XLT models and up) at the center of its console and a 12″ digital screen behind the steering wheel. The entry level model boasts of a 230 mile range and also a 300 mile range extended battery option. The Lightning can handle a 2,000 lb. payload and tow up to 10,000 lbs. There is a built in scale in the bed and the weight of the load will register on the 15.5″ display.

One of the cooler aspects that appeals to commercial and non-commercial consumers is the terribly named Mega power Frunk. The F-150 Lightning has two independent electric motors thus freeing up the space where an engine would usually reside. The “frunk” is sealed from elements and features a number of outlets, a USB-C and USB-A port, as well as room for groceries or luggage. Ford imagines contractors might use the frunk to power tools or for consumers to use for tailgating purposes.

You can reserve your F-150 Lightning starting today with a refundable deposit of $100.

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