A few weeks ago, Ford presented the all-electric version of its most popular model, its F-150 pickup truck. The product, which will adopt the name Lightning (used in the 90s for a variant of the vehicle), promises to be a big success, as evidenced by the 150,000 reservations already received.

The company had hoped to eventually sell 10 percent of the F-150's annual sales; it is on track to exceed that goal. So much so, that it has decided to double its production capacity from 40,000 units to 80,000 by 2024.

Why this craze? Of course, there is the interest for the electrification of the automobile, but also for the announced capacities of the product; the future is coming fast with the Ford F-150 Lightning 2022. Réjean Laporte et Fils in Saint-Norbert in Lanaudière, near Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Berthierville and a few minutes from Joliette presents it to you. Whether you are looking for a new Ford car or a used Ford vehicle, or whether you need maintenance services, the dealership offers you a complete service.

The Ford F-150 Lightning is going to be easily identifiable, but its face will look different. First of all, depending on the version, but also because it will hide a trunk with a volume of 400 liters, as well as four 120V power outlets and two USB ports, all for a capacity of 2.4 kW.

As for the box, here too, we will find capacities for the connection of devices. This time, four 120V outlets and one 240V outlet can be found inside. Inside, two other 120V outlets will be accessible. In total, the cab and bed will offer 7.2 kW of power.

The Ford F-150 Lightning will be more than just a means of transportation. It will literally be a work tool.
The offer at the beginning

At launch, the model will be available in a double cab configuration with a 5.5-foot box in the back. Four versions will be on the menu, one for commercial businesses and three for the general public (XLT, Lariat and Platinum).

In terms of vehicle animation, the F-150 Lightning will benefit from a dual electric motor configuration, which will translate into four-wheel drive. Initially, a model with a basic drivetrain will be offered. This will guarantee a range of 370 kilometers. The capacity will be 7700 pounds for towing and 2000 for payload. A version offering more autonomy will also be available, this time with the promise of 483 km. It will be possible to tow 10,000 pounds with this version, while the payload will be limited to 1,800 pounds. The first two versions (XLT and Lariat) will receive the basic range as standard, while the Platinum model will receive the extended range. It will be an option for the XLT and Lariat models, actually.

And when it comes to power, we're talking 426 and 563 horsepower, respectively, while torque is 775 pound-feet for both variants.
New platform, new capabilities

Of course, the Ford F-150 Lightning will be assembled on a new structure. This will promise a lower center of gravity, which will translate into a more stable ride. The company also promises more comfort thanks to a new independent rear suspension.

As for the battery, it will be protected by protective plates and Ford assures that it will be able to withstand our temperature changes; the tests carried out were aimed at making sure of this.

And with all that electric power, the Lightning will offer capabilities never before seen in a pickup truck. Let's take the Pro Power Onboard system that we already discovered with the hybrid version of the model. This system allows you to plug in your tools for work in remote areas, but also to power your own home. Ford explains that it can provide three days of electricity in case of breakdowns, and nine days for essential needs in case of a major infrastructure failure.

Better yet, the company even hopes that one day the Ford F-150 Lightning can be used to power the home at times when rates are more expensive. The vehicle could then be recharged, at night for example, when hydro rates are lower.

As for recharging, Ford explains that for every hour the vehicle is plugged in, 48 km of range can be recovered. For a jump from 10% to 80% of the battery's capacity, it will take 41 minutes with a 150 kW charger.

Of course, we'll have more data to share in due course, but this all starts the ball rolling on the capabilities of this highly anticipated product. Its release date is scheduled for the spring of 2022.