Since the debut of the new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, the Dearborn-based automaker has been tight-lipped about specific battery density, but has guided the market on range estimates. However, a slip-up at a tour of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center may have exposed that the electric pickup truck is capable of even more than what’s already known.
During a tour of the Dearborn facility, member of the forum F150gen14.com known by username Peter P, was toying with the Pro Power Onboard Screen in a when they came across a figure that made him stop in their tracks; the display was giving him a reading of 472 miles until dead.
Previously, Ford has released numbers to the tune of 230 miles for the standard battery and 300 for the extended range battery pack. These aren’t even a stones throw to 472, they are more of a throw from the track to second-base kind of throw.
Ford Remains Quiet
Peter P claims to have spoke with Ford representatives and attempted to get more info about ranges and battery capacities that haven’t been released to the public. Unfortunately, the Ford reps were ready to steer the conversation back to the non-confidential.
Is this a glitch? Is this evidence of Ford sandbagging ranges? It wouldn’t be surprising as fellow competitor Tesla has been rumored to be doing the same thing. And since it’s Ford’s first electric truck, they could be trying to promise less and deliver more to help boost sales. Not to mention give them more time to source parts as an almost 500+ mile truck would cause the already staggering 100,000 preorders to skyrocket.
Whatever the reason, it’ll be interesting to see how Ford reacts to the news. It might be beneficial for them to release bigger numbers to drum up even more hype.
After all, that $22 Billion investment in electrifications has to pay off somehow.
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Details
With the base F-150 Lighting, customers get 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. More to the point, it will do 0-60 in a scant 4.4 seconds.
The base, work-truck oriented 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck 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.