2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro joins the range as electric workhorse
A couple of days earlier, Ford jumped into the EV truck waters with the Ford F-150 Lightning. With the meat of the Lightning range catering to the lifestyle customers, Ford is now wooing the commercial market with their F-150 Lightning Pro, an entry-level model to the EV truck range.
The F-150 Lightning Pro will be powered by a dual-motor setup, churning out 426 hp and 1,051 Nm of torque. The range is a respectable 370 km. The Pro range allows the customers to step it up with a more powerful version as well. This variant gets a 563 hp powertrain and enough storage for 483 km worth of electric juice. The lower variant gets a 32-amp charger, with an 80-amp option provided at a cost. The more powerful variant will come with the faster charger as standard and with this charger, the truck’s battery can be juiced up from 15 to 80 percent within eight hours. F-150 Lightning Pro also supports DC fast charging at 150 kW, which allows charging the battery from 15 percent to 80 percent in just 41 minutes.
The Lightning Pro gets an optional Max Trailer Tow Package, giving the truck a towing capacity of almost 3500 kg for the base model and 4500 kg for the more powerful version. The payload is lesser for the long-range model, at 840 kg, while the lower model has a payload of 907 kg. The truck is exclusively available with a double cab SuperCrew body style, fitted with a 5.5-foot cargo bed.
To advertise the EV, Ford adds a digital fleet planning tool that helps prospective commercial customers understand the monetary benefits of switching to an F-150 Lightning Pro by calculating savings in fuel costs, tax incentives and more. With this, Ford promises a 40 percent savings over a period of 8 years compared to a conventional F-150 fitted with a 2.7-litre Ecoboost engine.
The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro caters to the utilitarian side of the pickup segment with all the right equipment. With its classic design borrowed from the standard F-150, albeit with minor EV specific attributes, the Lightning can soften the blow of the quick jump the world is making from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles to EVs, unlike the ET-looking Tesla Cybertruck.
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