Ford F-150 Lightning battery specs revealed

If a vehicle has a hellish combustion engine, the first thing people want to know is how many cubic inches? Manufacturers tout this information prominently on the outside. Bigger is always better, so 3.0 is more desirable than 2.0. Models with larger motors are more expensive, although the difference in the cost of manufacturing a larger motor may be minimal. People are willing to pay more for a bigger engine, so they do.

When it comes to electric vehicles, the size of the battery is very important. A car with a robust 85 kWh battery is inherently more valuable than a car with a 50 kWh battery. Even if the owner does need that bigger battery, most people are happy to pay for the bigger battery they can get.

Pickup trucks are a special breed. They are large and square, with sturdy frames and hangers. They are intended for towing and transporting things. For marketing reasons, they often have the aerodynamic efficiency of an airplane hangar. It takes a lot of power to move them on the road and therefore they need larger batteries than passenger cars to get the job done no matter what the job.

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We know that the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck will come in two versions. The entry-level Pro is designed to meet the needs of contractors and fleet operators, people who use their trucks to work, not to take kids to soccer practice. Ford said during a live press event last week that the Pro will ship with 98 kWh (usable) paste only and an EPA rated range of 230 miles. The impressive full-size frunk will be standard on all models.

It will also be equipped with the 2.4 kW version of Ford’s ProPower on-board system which allows the truck’s battery to power tools and lights in remote locations. An optional 9.6 kW higher power system is available at an additional cost. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard and no upgrades are available. The price, including destination charges, is expected to be around $ 42,000, according to Ford.

XLT, Lariat and Platinum models

Screenshot of the Ford live broadcast.

For those who want something more than a work truck, Ford will offer three optional trim levels, starting with the XLT, which was the premium designation years ago, but is now only ‘half a step above entry level. Pro. It will come with a 98 kWh battery, but a larger 131 kWh (usable) battery will be an option. Like the Pro, it’s limited to a 12-inch touchscreen and comes with the 2.4kW ProPower Onboard system, upgradeable to 9.6kW. The range is estimated by the EPA to be 300 miles.

Next is the Lariat, which comes standard with the smaller battery but offers the larger battery as an option. It features the 9.6kW ProPower in-car system and a 15.5-inch touchscreen running Ford’s upgraded Sync 4A system. The top of the line Platinum is only available with the 131 kWh battery (usable), the 15.5-inch touchscreen and the 9.6 kW ProPower in-car system. It will come with larger 22-inch wheels and tires that will look great in the country club parking lot, but reduce the range to 280 miles. Check all the boxes on the order form, and a fully loaded Platinum F-150 Lightning will lighten your wallet by almost $ 80,000.

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Ford has been amazed at how many people say they want one of their new all-electric beauties. She doubled her production plans, then doubled them again. He’s building a whole new factory in Tennessee to build them. Ford hasn’t built a new plant from the ground up in the United States in many years. Ford will begin taking actual orders for the F-150 Lightning in January, with deliveries expected to begin in mid-2022.

All talk about autonomy will be irrelevant to most drivers. The typical truck drives less than 50 miles per day. Owners will simply use their F-150 Lightnings to carry out their daily chores, plug them in overnight every 2-3 days, and take advantage of the power available with a simple foot press on the exhaler. After a while, they’ll realize that they haven’t visited a gas station in months, and they’ll forget about the fears and doubts they had before they started driving electric.

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