The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning goals to be an electrical pickup that also will get work performed just like the gasoline-powered F-150 does. That mentioned, Ford nonetheless discovered methods to distinguish its electrical truck that improves on the usual F-150 method due to its electrical powertrain.
There are the apparent design and styling variations, however we’re going to element the tech and value options distinctive to the F-150 Lightning on this submit. In different phrases, these are the superior issues you may get on the electrical truck, however not on the standard gasoline pickup.
Ford Clever Backup Energy
Basically, “Ford Clever Backup Energy” is Professional Energy Onboard on steroids. Identical to the gasoline truck’s Professional Energy Onboard characteristic, the Lightning can be utilized as a strong generator. It will possibly offload as much as 9.6 kW of energy by way of eight 120V shops and one 240V outlet. The additional celebration trick above and past the gasoline truck occurs when you’ve your truck hooked as much as Ford’s new Ford Cost Station Professional and residential administration system that you may have put in in your house. With this wired up, the Lightning can act as an influence supply in your whole residence. No maze of wires or selecting and selecting of home equipment obligatory. Merely plug the F-150 into the wall as if you’re charging it, and it will possibly energy a house within the occasion of an influence outage.
Ford says its extended-range battery pack model can present full-home energy for an “common measurement residence” for as much as three days. When you ration energy correctly sufficient, Ford says the battery pack will final for so long as 10 days — that’s one thing Texans may’ve used to nice impact not too way back. Clearly, your mileage will range right here relying on the dimensions and energy wants of your private home.
As soon as energy kicks again on, the truck is designed to mechanically start charging once more to replenish the battery pack. Ford says there can be an extension of this characteristic sooner or later known as Ford Clever Energy. This may help you use your truck to energy your private home throughout high-cost peak-energy hours, whereas charging the pickup again up in the course of the low-cost in a single day hours. Sounds cool, proper? Yup. Ford says it’s partnering with the photo voltaic firm Sunrun to put in the Ford Cost Station Professional to individuals’s houses. And whereas they’re at it, they’ll have some photo voltaic panels put in to go even greener along with your vitality use.
15.5-inch Sync 4A infotainment system
The largest display out there for the gasoline F-150 is a near-square 12-inch touchscreen. This 15.5-inch display is a vertically-oriented display that surpasses even Ram’s large display in measurement. You’ll discover that it’s a carbon copy of the large display within the Ford Mustang Mach-E, full with the bodily quantity knob poking out the underside. This being the case, we suspect it should function and performance identical to the Sync 4A display within the electrical Mustang.
Extra Lightning-related particulars of the display are nonetheless restricted, however Ford says it should provide “pure voice management, cloud-connected navigation and wi-fi entry to your favourite providers: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in Amazon Alexa and SYNC AppLink apps.” You may examine what we consider the Mach-E’s touchscreen interface in our deep dive right here.
It’s additionally value noting that the 12-inch display within the gasoline F-150 is the usual unit within the Lightning. You’ll must pony up for the next trim to get the top-dog 15.5-inch touchscreen.
Enhanced Onboard Scales
Ford launched a brand new characteristic to the 2021 F-150 known as Onboard Scales final month, and it’s much more superior within the Lightning. Basically, the truck will actively weigh how a lot cargo you dump into the mattress, and point out that weight by way of LED bars within the rear taillights, and extra exactly within the infotainment system. This ensures you don’t put extra weight within the mattress than what your particular F-150 is rated for.
The celebration trick with the Lightning is integration into the electrical vary calculator. Ford is ready to alter predicted vary by bearing in mind how a lot weight is within the mattress of the truck. You’ll be capable of haul to your coronary heart’s content material with out fearing that the displayed vary is off because of what you’re carrying, which is a stunning peace-of-mind characteristic to have.
This one is fairly easy, however it’s a characteristic that is not executed all that nicely in some EVs as we speak. Fortunately, Ford designed an electrical truck platform that may accommodate a large entrance trunk to make the most of the truth that there is no such thing as a engine up entrance. It measures out to 14.1 cubic-feet of area, which Ford estimates is sweet sufficient for 2 carry-on baggage and one checked bag. Or, Ford reckons you can too match two units of golf golf equipment in there. It’s made to be water-proof and encompasses a drainable ground to simply act as a meals or beverage container.
If it is advisable to plug something in, Ford says there’s 2.4 kW of energy out there with 4 shops within the entrance trunk. You may plug in energy instruments, laptops, TVs or every other tailgating equipment you require.