We’re All Charged Up Over the New Ford Lightning!
The All-Electric Pickup Truck from Ford is Taking Oklahoma by Storm
For the past 44 years, the Ford F-series has been America’s best-selling truck. And by adding an all-electric F-150, the Blue Oval is looking to continue that trajectory by changing its renowned performance street truck into a purpose-built, gas-free machine.
Let’s take a look at what the new electric pickup truck is capable of, before it hits your local Oklahoma Ford dealership.
Meet the Lightning Truck
The Ford Lightning comes standard with a super crew cab, a 5.5 foot bed, and a front “trunk” where a normal gas- or diesel-powered engine would be. The “frunk” is 14.1 cubic feet, and protects luggage and groceries from the rain, which means you no longer have to buy a bed cover or fill your cab up with your stuff on long road trips.
Two electric motors enable standard four-wheel drive. Skidplates for off-roading, and a 2,000-pound payload capacity, plus 10,000 pounds of max towing and 96kW to power tools and toys make the Lightning a serious workhorse, not a fancy electric pickup meant to be admired for aesthetics only.
It’s interior and body dimensions are identical to a standard F-150, so any accessories you purchased for your previous truck will still work on the Lighting.
Ford Lightning Truck Platform and Powertrain
The Lightning rides on a skateboard platform with a ladder frame, designed for the F-150. The spaces between the rails accommodate battery packs, which are protected with steel plates. An independent rear suspension is a surprise treat.
The electric truck is powered with two motors, one front and one back, which can accelerate up to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds when you use the extended-range battery, according to Ford Motor Company.
The extended-range battery generates a whopping 563 horsepower and 775-lb-ft of torque, and achieves 300 miles of range on a single charge. The standard battery provides the same torque, but with just 426 horsepower and 230 miles of range. Either way, each battery pack delivers plenty of power for the average driver.
Power Up and Power Your House
Last winter, we saw how the new hybrid F-150 could help power houses during blackouts. But the F-150 Ford Lightning can do the same, at the push of a button using Ford Intelligent Backup Power.
So, while you get power from your home to charge your truck, your truck gives it right back when you need it. And you can monitor the truck’s charge status from your smartphone.
Massive Infotainment Technology
Equipped with SYNC 4, the Lightning has an absolutely huge 15.5-inch touchscreen in the dash, plush enhanced voice recognition on the Lariat and Platinum trim levels.
The infotainment system connects you to the people, places, and apps that matter most, and the massive screen makes it easy to use built-in navigation.
For buyers looking to transition to all-electric vehicles, the F-150 Lightning is surprisingly affordable. For the cost of one 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, you can get three base Lightning trucks.
And while you probably don’t need three (unless you’re building a fleet), it’s nice to know that the Lightning is going to be much easier on your wallet.
When Can I See the New Ford Lightning?
Although the current vehicle shortage and slowed production times have had an effect on Ford, the car maker says we can expect to see the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning at car dealerships, like Zeck Ford, as early as May 2022.
Stay up to date on the arrival of the Lightning by following us on social media, and regularly checking our inventory online.
More than 120,000 pre-orders for the Lightning have already been placed nationwide, so if you know for sure that you want one, Zeck Ford can help you reserve one.
Not Quite Ready to Go Electric?
If you’re still opting for a gas- or diesel-powered truck, don’t worry! Zeck Ford in Purcell, Oklahoma, has a Ford F-150 for you, whether you’re buying new or used.
We maintain an inventory of the best available vehicles by scouring the country to source them. Then, our expert mechanics put every vehicle through a rigorous 120-point inspection. If the trucks don’t pass it, they don’t even make it to our Ford dealership.
And with our upfront, no-haggle pricing, you know you’re getting the best deal without adding stress to the transaction.