Electric cars are all the rage—but for people who want traditional looks and down-to-earth power, a
TeslaCybertruck isn’t exactly an appealing eco-friendly alternative. Hybrid versions of popular trucks offer a compromise, but the void between electric car styling and truck practicality still feels wide.
2022 F-150 Lightning: the first Ford electric truck
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is everything the gas-powered F-150 is: brawny, imposing, adaptable, and popular. No, seriously—really popular. The 2022 model has already sold out, with over200,000 reservations, and the hype is still going strong.
It makes sense: the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the country for 30 years. That’s right, it’s not just America’s favorite truck—it’s literally the country’s favorite thing on four wheels. And now it’s electric.
F-150 Lightning vs. F-150: power, towing, and fuel economy
What does it look like when the F-150 goes electric? The biggest change, of course, is the powertrain: the F-150 Lightning swaps out the regular F-150’s
lineup of V6 enginesfor twin electric motors that generate a combined 452 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, and an optional Extended-Range battery (more on that later) takes the horsepower rating up to 580.
Compare that to the gas-powered F-150’s horsepower, which ranges from 290 to 430, and it’s clear the F-150 Lightning’s more than up to the job (whatever your job is).
Let’s not forget about towing capacity—a must for any decent truck. That’s one area where electric trucks have trouble matching gas: the F-150 Lightning’s towing capacity starts at a fairly unimpressive 7,700 lbs, but the Extended-Range Battery bumps it up to a respectable 10,000 lbs. That’s still shy of the regular F-150’s
maximum 11,200 lbs, but plenty for many drivers. Payload capacity for the F-150 Lightning ranges from 1,800 lbs (Extended-Range) to 2,000 lbs (Standard-Range).
Finally, just how much of an edge does the F-150 Lightning have in terms of fuel economy? Let’s compare the EPA ratings for the Lightning’s two configurations with the gas-powered F-150:
- F-150 Lightning (Standard-Range): 76 MPGe city/61 MPGe highway
- F-150 Lightning (Extended Range): 78 MPGe city/63 MPGe highway
- F-150 (2.7-L V6): 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway
- F-150 (3.5-L V6): 18 mpg city/24 highway
How to charge a Ford F-150 Lightning
If you’re new to electric vehicle (EV) technology, you’ll want to brush up on your charging know-how. There are three ways to charge a Ford F-150 Lightning:
- At home with a 110-volt outlet (i.e. an average household outlet)
- At home with a 220-volt outlet (e.g. a Level 2 charger like the Ford Charge Station Pro)
- At a public DC fast-charging station
Using a 220-volt outlet, it’ll take approximately 14 hours for the F-150 Lightning to reach a full charge. If that sounds like a long time, think of it in terms of a weekend: while your truck is already resting in the garage, it can recover the power it lost during the workweek.
If you’ve got access to DC fast-charging stations, though, charging could be a much quicker business. Ford estimates that the truck can leap from 15% to 80% battery capacity in as little as 44 minutes!
While we’re talking charge, just how far can the F-150 Lightning travel on a full one? The answer depends on the battery you’re rocking. With the Standard-Range 98.0-kWh battery, the truck has an estimated driving range of 230 miles; upgrade to the 131.0-kWh Extended-Range battery, and you’re looking at a 320-mile range. That puts the F-150 Lightning neck and neck with Tesla’s promises for the 2023 Cybertruck’s base and mid-range models.
How to get a Ford F-150 Lightning
If you want to buy a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, you’re pretty much out of luck: the first Ford electric truck has already sold out. Any pre-orders at this point will reserve a 2023 F-150 Lightning—but the good news is that, with the runaway popularity of the first model, Ford’s unlikely to make any major changes for the second production run. They’ve also promised to expand production for the 2023 model year: great news for e-truck fans!
Now, the big question: just how much will the Ford F-150 Lightning set you back? Pricing information for the 2022 F-150 Lightning is as follows:
- Pro: $41,769
- XLT: $54,769
- Lariat: $69,269
- XLT Extended-Range: $74,169
- Lariat Extended-Range: $79,169
- Platinum Extended-Range: $92,669
While the truck starts out fairly affordable, those digits start spinning upward fast—and the highest trim level skates dangerously close to a full hundred grand.
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