F-150 Lightning deliveries begin with even more power, payload capacity and real-time range estimates while towing
As the first deliveries of Ford’s highly anticipated F-150 Lightning begin this week, the American automaker has announced that the all-electric pickup will arrive with more power and higher payload capacity than originally expected. . Additionally, Ford announced new cloud-based software that more accurately estimates the range of the F-150 Lightning when towing in real time. The more it is used, the more accurate it can become.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve heard of the Ford F-150 Lightning. Based on simple probability, there’s a good chance you’ll hold a reservation, so we’re not going to dig into its full history like we usually do; we hope you have done your homework.
Like you, we’re tired of all the talk and it’s high time to explore the action, and there’s a lot to cover this week. A year after unveiling its all-electric F-Series pickup to the world for the first time, Ford has finally begun deliveries of the F-150 Lightning.
When Ford confirmed the EPA range of the standard $40,000 F-150 Lightning at 230 miles and 68 MPGe, we were also expecting a range for the extended battery model of around 300 miles as advertised. We recently learned, however, that Ford will instead offer 320 miles of range in XLT and Lariat trims, but at a significantly higher price of at least $72,500.
With this welcome announcement, Ford has under-promised and over-delivered…at least on paper. It’s not done either. With the start of F-150 deliveries, Ford is promising additional better-than-expected specs, as well as new technology for those planning to do some serious towing.
Surprise! F-150 deliveries arrive with even more power
Those lucky first few F-150 customers have now received an added bonus, as Ford has revealed updated specs for the standard and extended-range versions of its F-150 Lightning. Specifically, electric pickups are coming with more power and extra payload capacity.
Here’s how they inevitably stack up to what was originally promised back in May:
|Lightning F-150||Standard Range Battery (May 2021)||Standard Range Battery (May 2022)||Long range battery
|Long range battery
|Power||426 HP||452 hp||563 hp||580 hp|
|Couple||775 lb-ft||775 lb-ft||775 lb-ft||775 lb-ft|
|Payload capacity||2,000 pounds||2,235 pounds.||2,000 pounds||2,235 pounds.|
F-150 Lightning vehicle engineering manager Dapo Adewusi spoke about the added performance and the goal to keep improving from here:
We were seriously focused on raising the bar on this truck, including after we revealed it, so we could deliver more to our customers. And our drive for continuous improvement will get a big boost when we start getting feedback and ideas from customers when they receive their Lightnings.
Ford Introduces Smart Range to Streamline Tow Trips
As if the above news weren’t enough, Ford has introduced a new tool built into early F-150 Lightning deliveries to target a common concern among EV truck owners – towing anxiety.
All 2022 Ford-150 Lightning deliveries will arrive with Intelligent Range – a cloud-connected data system that compares your truck’s power consumption to a multitude of sources and accurately updates estimated range in real time. Data includes Ford trucks that have been towed on similar roads and/or with similar sized trailers.
This Ford-exclusive technology also takes into account driving conditions such as traffic speed, ambient temperature, EV climate control and even the owner’s specific driving habits. What’s most promising about the Smart Range is that the more it’s used in Ford’s vehicles, the more refined the system can become, delivering more accurate and specific estimates over time. Linda Zhang, chief engineer of the F-150 Lightning, said:
We know that many F-150 Lightning customers will be first-time EV owners and expect the familiar Built Ford Tough capability along with rugged towing. That’s why we’ve created smart technologies to help take the hassle out of towing long distances by giving customers more reliable and accurate range calculations, then automatically locating charging stations along the way, if necessary.
Combined with FordPass Power My Trip, new F-150 Lightning customers receiving deliveries can use the software to not only find charging locations, but Intelligent Range will remember past trailer profiles (trailer data entered into the system) and find the best place to recharge if it determines that you will hit low range while towing during your trip.
Everything about the electric pickup continues to sound better and better on paper. Now that F-150 Lightning deliveries have started, we’re very interested to hear feedback from your lucky customers who may get their hands on one in 2022. Let us know what you think!
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