Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Ford Lightning bolt hits: $10,000 premium for 300-mile range trim

By James Raia
The Ford F-150 Lightning, the manufacturer’s recently announced electric truck, will be priced at just under $50,000 with its optional extended-range battery.

Ford previously released a base price of $39,974 for the 2022 pickup truck. The newly announced detail has exactly a $10,000 premium for the trim with an estimated 300-mile range.

Ford will charge a $10,000 premium for its extended range trim.
Ford will charge a $10,000 premium for its extended range trim.

The prices don’t include a yet-to-be-released destination fee and details of potential $7,500 EV tax credit and other incentives.

Ford Lightning shares with siblings

The Lightning is built with the same military-grade aluminum-alloy body as the gasoline versions of the F-150; however, a different frame helps accommodate the battery packs.

The base version of the F-150 Lightning Pro has 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque and a 230-mile range. The extended-range model produces 563 horsepower with the same torque rating. Payload ranges are a maximum of 2,000 pounds. Towing capability is 10,000 pounds.

The F-150 Lightning comes only in a five-passenger SuperCrew layout, with a 5.5-foot bed length. The Lightning’s “frunk,” its front-loading trunk, will have 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space and will carry 400 pounds.

All F-150 Lightning Pro versions will come with vinyl seats. They include Ford’s Sync 4 system with a 12.0-inch touch screen. A full-size spare and Class IV trailer hitch will be standard, as will a set of driver-assist active-safety features.

Ford last week also revealed the XLT, more oriented toward personal use, would start at $52,974 and the extended range would cost up to about $90,000.

The Lightning’s public debut is scheduled for the spring of 2022.

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James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Snayte
14 days ago

More like the Ford static.

Peter315 Donahue
16 days ago

Over price golf cart!! I can see the lines forming at charging stations. Drive an hour charge an hour! They have a long ways to go!!!!!

Lynn
17 days ago

I installed a larger diesel tank and increased my range by 500 miles for $1000. Much better than the joke in this article.

Crowman
17 days ago

Wouldn’t own one even if they gave them away.

Mark Generales
17 days ago

PURE HYPE

150 MAX MILES ON A CHARGE – 41 MINUTES TO 80%

GOING ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THE LOCAL PARK OR BOAT RAMP THIS IS INSANE.

REMOVE TAXPAYER TAX SUBSIDIES – YOU AND I PAY $20,000 FOR EACH OF THESE

REMOVE SUBSIDIES AND NO ONE WILL BUY

PURE GOVERNMENT/INDUSTRY HYPE AND TOTAL SCAM

Bob P
22 days ago

This is another one of those “Oh it’s new I gotta have that” situation, if you’re a RVer unless you camp within 50 miles of home exclusively you can forget this. As soon as you hook that 8,000# trailer behind this truck it probably won’t go 100 miles before recharging is necessary. Over a year ago Fast Lane Truck channel on YouTube hooked a less than 5000# trailer behind the only Tesla rated to tow 5000#, and it had to be rescued before it got to the next charging station, the car was rated for 280 mile range. It didn’t make 150 miles. Unless you want to spend many hours each day going from recharging station to recharging station forget EVs for RV use. These trucks are going to be good for commuting, going to Lowe’s to pick up some fertilizer, but so is the Honda Ridgeline for $50,000 less.

Dan
17 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

I agree completely. This is for the “new, gotta have it” generation. When they were younger they camped out in tents in front of Best Buy to get the latest, greatest iPhone. I like the concept of an electric personal vehicle, but for me, a simple little grocery-getter that charges over night on a 15 or 20 amp outlet, AND has a 100 mile range with the A/C or heat running will get my attention. Maybe EV pickups will be the norm one day, but not next week. Also, I would love to see the true environmental impact of producing the vehicle, its battery, and all the other components. And, by the way, Ford and other manufacturer’s productions are currently stalled due to a microprocessor shortage. That will probably affect delivery. So, it’s new, it’s for you, but I’ll wait for a later generation of it, or maybe not at all.

Glen Anderson
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

What Tesla is rated to tow 5k? Please share reference. I believe Tesla’s are not recommended for towing.

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