Seeing As Retail Customers Can’t Reserve The F-150 Lightning Pro, This Is Understandable

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Truck
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The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning continues to tally more and more reservations, recently surpassing the 160,000 mark, and will likely crest 200,000 reservations soon. It’s caused the American automaker to throw even more money at the Rouge Manufacturing Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, which is definitely a good sign if you’re in the electric truck business. Yet here’s where it gets interesting: there’s likely tens of thousands more hand raisers through the Ford Pro program.

Ford reportedly explained to Electrek at the 2021 L.A Auto Show on November that those numbers do not include fleet reservations made through the Ford Pro Program, which would mean the fleet-only F-150 Lightning Pro isn’t being counted in the reservation tally. It’s unclear how long all of these orders will take to be be fulfilled.

With almost 75% of reservations for the F-150 Lighting are new to the Ford brand altogether, the electric truck is a huge opportunity for Ford to capture a new demographic. It’s just unknown how long customers are willing to wait for one.

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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Truck: Price, Range, Power, Acceleration, Payload, And Towing Details

The base Ford F-150 Lightning Pro – exclusive to fleets and not retail customers – will carry a starting price of $39,974, before any federal or state tax credits. That’s just over $11,000 more than the starting price of the gasoline-powered 2021 F-150. The mid-range Ford F-150 Lightning XLT model will carry a price of $52,974, or over $12,660 more than the standard F-150 XLT SuperCrew.

the Ford F-150 Lightning features a dual-motor setup that provides 4×4 capabilities. The automaker has noted that there will be two battery packs available, including a standard range and long range option. The capacity for either pack has yet to be disclosed, but we do know approximately how much horsepower each will provide. Opt for the standard range battery and your Ford F-150 Lightning will lay down a targeted 426 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. Step up to the larger battery and output jumps up to 563 horsepower, while torque stays fixed at 775 lb-ft. That makes this new truck the most powerful F-150 model yet, making it worthy of its muscle truck-inspired nameplate. Ford claims that with the larger battery pack the Lightning will be able to go from 0-60 mph in the mid four-second range, although official figures aren’t available quite yet. For comparison, an F-150 Raptor needs 5.5 seconds to do 0-60 mph.

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Ford says the truck should be able to do an EPA-estimated 230 miles with the smaller battery, while the larger unit bumps that figure up to 300 miles. That said, Ford has thought about how to make charging less of an issue for their buyers. Every Ford F-150 Lightning will come with an 80-amp charge station as standard equipment, which is an industry first. Using this charger, the automaker says that customers will be able to gain 30 miles of range per charging hour. This means the truck will be able to go from 15 percent battery to fully juiced in just about eight hours. On a 150-kilowatt DC fast charger, an extended-range F-150 Lightning is targeted to get 54 miles of range in about 10 minutes. That cuts the 15 percent to full charge time down to approximately 41 minutes.

Buyers who spec the standard range battery will receive a maximum payload capacity of 2,000 pounds, as well as a maximum tow rating of 7,700 pounds. The big battery truck has a lower payload capacity rating of 1,800 pounds, but can tow up to 10,000 pounds. That said, those towing figures are related to the Maximum Trailer Tow Package, and we don’t have standard ratings at this time. Since there’s no engine up front, the truck actually has another bonus storage area located under the hood. Measuring in at 400 liters of volume, the frunk brings its own maximum payload capacity of 400 pounds. Ford says the space accommodates two carry-on bags and a checked bag, or two golf bags.

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Written by Cody U.

Cody is a Tennessee-based media professional with a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He has spent time as a country radio morning show producer and currently writes for MC&T as an outlet to geek out over cool cars, trucks, and utility vehicles.

Originally from California Cody has an appreciation for all-electric vehicles but a soft spot for the rumble of an all-American V8 muscle car. His dream car remains a 2007 Ford Mustang Bullitt. His fascination with all things cars stems from countless trips to car shows and watching car movies, of course.

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