Iconic American automaker Ford has finally revealed its long-awaited Ford F-150 Lightning model, which has been a discussion point for auto enthusiasts since Ford’s teaser event in 2019. Combining the characteristics that made the F-150 the most popular truck in the country with top-of-the-line sustainable electric capability, Ford hopes that the Lightning model will popularize electric trucks and set the industry standard for what to expect from them in the coming years. Impressive towing capacity, long driving ranges per charge, and modern creature comforts set the 2022 Lightning apart from competitors like the GMC Hummer EV. 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford is dropping their standard V6 combustion engine in favor of a dual-motor setup with all-wheel drive. This change doesn’t compromise power, however, as the Lightning’s base model still makes 426 horsepower, or 563 horsepower after upgrading to the Extended-Range battery package. Ford is rumored to offer a range extender motor for emergency charges when a station isn’t immediately available. The maximum possible towing capacity for the lightning is 10,000 pounds after all available upgrades, but its base model is still capable of an impressive 7,700 pounds. The driving range depends on the selected battery pack, with the smaller option offering 230 miles per charge and the larger an impressive 300 miles. Quick recharges ensure that drivers can get back on the road to enjoy their Lightning without disruption. Along with strong performance, a new extended headlight stretches across the truck’s grille and provides a modern outward appearance. 

The Lightning’s interior is reminiscent of the standard F-150 cabin that Ford fans have come to know and love. Improvements have been made, such as the 12-inch infotainment screen and front-trunk cargo space for extended storage. It comes standard as a crew cab, but many expect Ford to offer Regular or SuperCab options soon after initial release. The inside of the Lightning is expectedly spacious and comfortable, offering passengers an elevated and smooth ride. 

Infotainment and connectivity were points of focus during Ford’s design and development process to keep up with industry standards, and that shows in the vehicle’s final product. The sizable 12-inch touchscreen can be upgraded to an astounding 15-inch screen, which would be one of the biggest when compared to the competition. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are included to make sure everyone stays connected. Safety technology is also at the forefront for Ford as usual, with automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and pedestrian detection alerts coming standard. 

The future of the automotive industry will be defined by electric vehicles. As more automakers begin developing and offering their own versions of EVs, it is interesting to see which characteristics will become standard moving forward. The F-150 is an incredibly popular truck, and its Lightning EV variant is one to look forward to next year. If you’re interested in purchasing a Ford of your own, or any other make and model, you can browse through our inventory of new or used vehicles.

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