The Ford F-Series has been Canada’s best-selling lineup of pickup trucks for over 50 years, and it’s easy to understand why. Style, power, and “Built Ford Tough” dependability make trucks like the F-150 and F-250/F-350 Super Duties a confident choice for everyone from contractors to farmers to families. In 2022, Ford will add a new truck to the F-Series lineup that promises to deliver everything drivers have come to know and love from Ford Trucks in a revolutionary, future-friendly package.
Meet the Ford F-150 Lightning. An all-electric, 100% emission-free pickup truck that can travel anywhere from 370-km to 480-km on a single charge. Side by side, the new F-150 Lightning looks and feels much the same as its gas-powered older brother, but the Lightning is sporting a few brag-worthy features that are unique to this innovative new pickup.
“By the time the 2022 F-150 Lightning reaches the market, it won't be the only all-electric pickup truck. GMC's Hummer EV SUT is close to its launch, and a rival truck from upstart Rivian may also beat Ford to the punch. Neither of those trucks, however, have the strength of the F-150 name behind them, and the electric version of North America's favourite truck will surely be an impressive piece when it goes on sale.” - Car and Driver
Capable and Charismatic: The Lightning is Ready to Impress
As electric cars grew in popularity, the creation of an all-electric pickup truck was held back by the belief that electric engines couldn’t generate enough reliable power to get the job done. But with the new F-150 Lightning, Ford is putting those ideas to rest!
Two electric motors positioned in both the front and the rear make all-wheel drive standard, and combine to produce a gutsy 426 horsepower with the Standard-Range Battery, and 563 horsepower with the Extended-Range Battery. Torque tops out at 775 lb-ft, and you’ll be able to tow up to 10,000-lbs of cargo with ease. The Lightning is built from the same lightweight, durable steel frame as other F-150 models, and equipped with Trailer Control and Tow systems that will make your toughest jobs a breeze.
The electrified Lightning shares plenty of other features with the gas-powered Ford F-150, including SYNC4 Connectivity, a vibrant touchscreen infotainment centre, FordPass, standard intelligent safety features, a spacious and luxurious interior cabin, an additional 400L of storage space in the “trunk” you’ll find under the hood, and so much more. It’s offered in a 4-door SuperCrew body style with a 5.5-foot bed, and comes available in several popular trims, including XLT, Lariat, Platinum, and the affordably-priced Pro model.
“The other plus is having one electric motor driving each axle adds an all-wheel-drive extension. This aspect works on-road while adding some off-road ability. To that end, it has an off-road driving mode along with Normal, Sport, and a Tow/Haul mode for when it’s time to work. To protect the battery and motors there is a full skid plate capable of holding almost 3,000 kg.” - Driving.ca
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It’s normal to have questions and concerns about electric vehicles, but Ford has put in the leg work to ensure that lucky F-150 Lightning owners have nothing to worry about!
An intelligent computer system takes into account everything from your speed to the weight of your load so it can provide an accurate, real-time estimate of your driving range.
Your built-in navigation system will find an ideal route to maximize your driving range, and plot stops at charging stations along the way if your destination exceeds what your Lightning can do on a single charge.
Even if you’re forced to stop, a DC fast-charging station (of which there are thousands across Canada, by the way) can give you an 80% charge in about 40 minutes. You’ll be back on the road faster than you can say “double-double!”
In the event of a power outage, the F-150 Lightning is equipped with Ford Intelligent Backup Power which can power an entire house for up to 3 days - and up to 10 if you’re being conservative. You can also draw power from your truck during peak hours to save money on your electricity bill, and then recharge your Lightning overnight when energy rates are at their lowest.
I’m ready to join the EV revolution!
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is set to strike down in Trenton and the Bay of Quinte Region in late 2021 or early 2022. If you’d like to be one of the first drivers to jump onboard the electric truck revolution (toot toot!), contact us here at Lange & Fetter to discuss pre-ordering the perfect F-150 Lightning model for your lifestyle!