Ford has released the highly anticipated electric F-150 Lightning, which is set to roll off the lines next year at a new high-tech factory at Ford’s storied Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan.
"For both Ford and the American auto industry, F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we progress toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, Ford Motor Company. “F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, the backbone of work across the country, and a trusted icon for generations of customers. Now we are revolutionizing it for a new generation.”
F-150 Lightning is a pillar of the company’s $22 billion USD global electric vehicle plan to lead electrification in areas of strength. Ford is starting with zero-emissions versions of its most popular and best-loved franchises – Mustang, Transit and F-150 – with much more to come in the years ahead.
In the virtual debut, Ted Cannis, General Manager of Ford’s North American Commercial Business and Alex Purdy, Director of Business Operations, Enterprise Connectivity spoke directly to fleet customers on how the F-150 Lightning is designed to take businesses into the future. The F-150 Lightning Pro is the first electric F-150 designed specifically for commercial customers. Ford says customers can expect instant cost savings over the current F-Series through reduced maintenance costs and increased residual value costs. The F-150 Lightning Pro is offered with two range options, the base pro option at 230 miles which starts at an MSRP of $39,974 and the extended pro battery range option of 300 miles for a starting MSRP of $49,974.
Alex Purdy spoke about the F-150 Lightning Pro’s connectivity. Ford’s commercial solutions includes Ford Telematics which offers complimentary vehicle health monitoring and management. Ford’s EV telematics services available on F-150 Lightning and E-Transit can monitor performance on an individual vehicle such as charging speed and energy consumption. F-150 Lightning Pro customers will have access to data that helps optimize their fleet such as range to empty, operating trends and current vehicle charge.
The electric platform unlocks new capabilities such as enough energy to power an entire home and a massive lockable frunk with power and charging capabilities to spare. Ford will deploy standard over-the-air software updates – called Ford Power-Ups – to improve the technology experience, add new features and fix issues without trips to the dealership.
F-150 Lightning targets 563 horsepower, 775 lb.-ft. of nearly instantaneous torque4– more than any F-150 ever – and a 0-60 mph time in the mid-4-second range when equipped with an extended-range battery, based on typical industry methodology. F-150 Lightning targets a maximum 2,000 pounds of payload in the standard-range model and a maximum 10,000 pounds of available towing capacity on XLT and Lariat trucks with the extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Package. The low centre of gravity brings even more confident handling whether traveling along rain-slicked roads or through sand.
“We’re not here to make an electric truck for the few– Ford is committed to building one that solves real problems for real people,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford president, Americas and International Markets Group, Ford Motor Company.
Debuting on F-150 Lightning is available Ford Intelligent Backup Power which can be used as a power source for customer’s homes. With the ability to offload 9.6 kW of power, Ford Intelligent Backup Power keeps the lights on during an outage while providing security by powering home appliances, security systems and more.
Ford Intelligent Backup Power, enabled by the available 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and home management system, the F-150 Lightning automatically kicks in to power your house. Once power is restored, the truck automatically reverts to charging its battery. Based on an average 30kWh of use per day, F-150 Lightning with extended-range battery provides full-home power for up to three days, or as long as 10 days if power is rationed, with results varying based on energy usage.
In the future, Ford will introduce Ford Intelligent Power, which can use the truck to power homes during high-cost, peak-energy hours while taking advantage of low-cost overnight rates to charge the vehicle in time for your morning drive. This can help save money on electricity that powers your vehicle and home while also taking pressure off the grid in peak usage times.
Currently, Ford is the only automaker to offer an 80-amp charge station as included equipment, helping customers easily charge an extended-range truck at home. This system takes advantage of the only dual onboard charging system on an electric truck in the industry for even faster home charging. With this, F-150 Lightning adds an average range of 48 km per charging hour, fully charging an extended-range truck from 15-100 per cent in about eight hours .
On the road, customers have access to North America’s largest public charging network through FordPass, with more than 63,000 charging plugs and growing. On a 150- kilowatt DC fast charger, extended-range F-150 Lightning is targeted to get up to 87 km of range in 10 minutes and charge from 15-80 per cent in about 41 minutes.
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