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Spring ’22 Is Still The Target, Not The Fall

Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center F-150 Lightning
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An online webinar that touched on Ford Motor Company’s massive electric vehicle production investment in Tennessee took place this week. And with that came the topics of two future EVs designed and built for work; the first being the upcoming Ford E-Transit electric van, and the second being the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. That’s the one that President Joe Biden drove. No, not that one, but this one.

During the webinar, it was stated that production of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning would take place in the fall of 2022, instead of the original target of spring 2022. This information, as it turns out, is inaccurate, and Ford Motor Company is still on track to begin production and delivery of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck before the start of summer next year.

When we inquired with Ford directly, a spokesperson gave us the following response:

F-150 Lightning orderbank opening timing has not yet been announced. There is no delay to delivery timing – customer deliveries are on track to start in spring 2022.

We’ll update this story if any new details emerge.

Ford F-150 Lightning electric vehicle EV
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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.

2022 Ford F-150 Electric Pickup Truck EV
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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 Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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