Ford brought out the big guns during last week’s Chicago Auto Show, with models such as the new Bronco, the Mustang Mach-E and the Maverick taking center stage. Inadvertently, this sort of took the spotlight off the F-150 Lightning, which some would argue is an even more important vehicle than the Mach-E.
The reason for that is simple. The Mustang Mach-E is aimed at passenger car buyers, the types of folks that would otherwise look to buy a Tesla Model Y or perhaps a Model 3. These people have already begun accepting electric mobility as the new norm. However, the F-150 Lightning must win over a group of people who quite possibly never even considered driving a fully electric pickup truck.
There’s one image in the gallery where you can see inside the “frunk” of the F-150 Lightning and it’s just the weirdest thing ever. An F-Series truck without an internal combustion engine underneath its hood just screams oddity. In the end though, it’s a good thing, because there will soon come a time when ICE-powered vehicles will no longer be available to purchase as new, so carmakers best start getting ready.
Ford unveiled the all-electric F-150 Lightning back in May of this year, priced from just $39,974 before any federal or state tax credits. Choose instead a range-topping variant and you’ll be spending roughly $90,000 in no time.
If what you’re after is maximum performance, then you’ll want the Extended Range version with its 563 hp and 775 lb-ft (1,050 Nm) of torque, courtesy of a dual motor setup. Standard range battery models have the same 775 lb-ft of torque, but with a combined 426 hp. As for the actual range, the best you can hope for is an EPA-estimated 300 miles (482 km), not unlike a dual-motor Tesla Cybertruck – although the latter does offer an estimated 500 miles (804 km) of range in its tri-motor configuration.