The Ford F-150 Lightning makes its debut for the 2022 model year. Its fully electric powertrain provides not only the most powerful F-150 to date, but can also serve as a power supply for an emergency situation. It also incorporates many F-150 firsts such as an independent rear suspension, a large front trunk, on-board scales, Phone As A Key, a new infotainment system, Pro Trailer Hitch Assist, and Ford Power-Up which provides over-the-air updates.
Choosing Your Ford F-150 Lightning
There are four trims available: the Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. Prices range from $41,669 to $92,569.
The 2022 F-150 Lightning offers two electric-only powertrains. The Standard Range Battery (SRB) provides 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque and earns an EPA-estimated 230 miles of range. The Extended Range Battery (ERB) provides 563 horsepower and the same amount of torque and is rated for 300 miles of range. The ERB is not available on the Pro trim, is a $10,000 option on the XLT (which also requires the selection of a $9,500 package) and Lariat trims, and is standard on the Platinum trim. All models are equipped with a motor at each axle for permanent all-wheel drive.
As with all EVs, charge times are dependent on several changing factors, one of those being the current state of charge. Charging from 15% to 80% with a Level 3 150 kW DC Fast Charger will take just 44 minutes in the SRB and 41 minutes in the ERB but those are tough to find in today’s landscape. Ford’s Charge Station Pro (Level 2, 80-Amp) is offered for home installation and will charge the Lightning from 15%-100% in 10 hours for the SRB or eight hours in the ERB.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Lightning is available only as a SuperCrew four-door cab with a 5.5-foot bed. Like the other F-150s in this configuration, the Lightning stretches to 233 inches long and is about 84 inches wide with the mirrors folded in. Inside, the rear passengers are afforded 43.6 inches of legroom. Unique to the Lightning is a powered front trunk that provides 14.1 inches of secured space with a 35-inch lift-over height compared to the open tailgate’s 37-inch lift-over height.
The SRB is rated to haul 2,000 pounds and tow 7,700 pounds while the ERB hauls 200 pounds less but can tow 2,000 pounds more. A class IV trailer hitch is standard.
The most basic Lightning is equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and rear parking sensors with brake assist.
The Lariat adds adaptive cruise control with lane centering, evasive steering assist, intersection assist, road sign recognition, and rain-sensing wipers. The Platinum trim is equipped with BlueCruise hands-off highway driving assist and active parking assist.
The Lightning has not specifically been evaluated, but NHTSA awards the F-150 with a five-star overall rating, and IIHS gave the 2021 crew cab a 2021 Top Safety Pick award.
The Pro trim features a 12-inch touchscreen with Sync4, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and navigation.
A 2.4 kW Pro Power Onboard power supply is standard and there are two 120-volt outlets in the cab, two in the bed, and four in the front trunk.
The XLT adds SiriusXM while the Lariat gains Ford’s latest infotainment system, a 15.5-inch portrait-style touchscreen, HD radio, and a Bang & Olufsen stereo with eight speakers. The 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard system is featured and adds two more 120-volt outlets in the bed as well as a 240-volt outlet.
The Platinum trim gains Phone As A Key technology and receives a stereo upgrade with 18 speakers.
Although the Pro is the base trim of the F-150 Lightning, it is far better equipped than your typical base pickup truck. LED headlights with signature lighting and curve control, LED taillights, 18-inch aluminum wheels with gloss-black pockets, a power front trunk lid, a rear tailgate with lift assist, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, a stow-away shifter, and vinyl seats are included.
There are two main option packages available. The Tow Technology Package is $1,948 and features the Pro Trailer Backup Assist which aids with trailer placement, Pro Trailer Hitch Assist, Trailer Reverse Guidance, a trailer brake controller with connection confirmation, onboard scales that factor into the Lightning’s estimated range, a trailer-view camera, a surround-view camera, and LED side-view mirror spotlights.
The Max Trailer Tow Package is $865 and requires the stand-alone 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard option which adds another $1,070.
The XLT receives the front horizontal light bar that sits above the grille, carbon black running boards with lighting, a keyless entry pad, a surround-view camera, cloth seats with an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear under-seat storage bins, and an interior work surface.
The Tow Technology Package is now $1,395 and the $9,500 312A Package is now available (and required with the ERB). It includes several common conveniences such as proximity entry, a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, a tailgate step, and other nice-to-have features such as the mid-level upgrade of active safety tech, the 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard system, a power-down tailgate, 20-inch wheels, and LED box lighting with 360-degree zone lighting.
The Lariat includes the optional 312A Package features and provides additional upgrades such as a signature rear LED light bar across the tailgate, 20-inch dark gray aluminum wheels, a 10-way power driver's seat with memory, heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a power sliding rear window, and ambient interior lighting.
The towing packages are still offered while Ford’s Co-Pilot Active (i.e. BlueCruise and parking assist) is available for $2,220.
The top of the line trim is furthermore equipped with 22-inch wheels with black pockets, seats premium leather with contrasting trim and massage capability for the front row, and aluminum and wood interior trim, as well as the two-trailer towing packages.
Ford is breaking the mold by offering an electric pickup that is priced comparably to a gasoline-powered truck. Whether to choose the SRB or ERB will depend on the user’s unique situation, however, the F-150 Lightning provides the opportunity to be an exceptional around-town towing vehicle and, having said that the XLT with the Towing Packages (and the equipment package) equip the Lightning with the equipment to get the job done efficiently and comfortably.