The seats appear almost infinitely adjustable, however taking part in a serious position in boosting consolation throughout your complete F-150 Lightning spectrum is the battery pack, and the way it not solely shifts the centre of gravity down but additionally rearwards. It’s such a shift that that is now a pickup truck with what Ford describes as “a rounding error away from” the proper 50:50 weight distribution. It feels composed, compliant, and never utilitarian within the slightest, with a snug and surefooted trip. Such is the torque on supply, towing a heavy trailer made no actual distinction to how the Lightning drives, and Ford’s non-compulsory towing know-how pack helps with hitching, powering, braking and—crucially—reversing a trailer.

There isn’t a lot in the best way of steering really feel, however that basically isn’t the purpose with a automobile like this. Extra importantly, the F-150 Lightning is straightforward to drive, with good visibility, intuitive controls, and, must you select to allow it, a one-pedal driving system that’s superbly calibrated to the purpose that the brakes are hardly wanted. Motor noise is sort of nonexistent, though there’s an non-compulsory augmented sound impact, which is the exact same as within the Mustang Mach-E.

Being an EV, the F-150 Lightning is of course fast. There are two battery choices out there at launch, a 98-kWh mannequin producing 452 horsepower, and a 130-kWh mannequin that kicks out 580 hp—making it essentially the most highly effective F-150 ever. Each produce 775 pound-feet of torque. Ford isn’t committing to an actual 0-60 mph time for essentially the most potent mannequin of Lightning, however says it’s someplace within the mid-four-second vary. And sure, a full-size truck launching to 60 mph in round 4.5 seconds is considerably absurd, however that’s simply the take care of high-powered electrical autos.

Pushed extra sedately, the Lightning has an EPA-estimated vary of between 230 and 320 miles, relying on trim degree and battery dimension. Naturally, what the truck is hauling or towing may even have have an effect on these figures. Ford says the Lightning can tow as much as 10,000 kilos with the prolonged battery, and the utmost payload score is 2,235 lbs. To make sure you don’t go over that restrict, a sensible scale system reveals how a lot weight is being carried on the dashboard show, and there’s a separate studying for the frunk too.

Ford hasn’t geared up the Lightning with an 800-volt system structure, as utilized by some EVs, just like the Porsche Taycan and Hyundai Ioniq 5. As a substitute it makes use of the extra widespread 400-volt system, and DC quick charging is proscribed to 150 kW, which Ford says will fill both battery from 15 to 80 % in about 40 to 45 minutes. Most residence chargers will refill the battery from 15 to 100% in a single day, with Ford’s personal 80-amp Cost Station Professional getting the job executed in eight to 10 hours.

Lastly, the Lightning can be utilized to recharge different EVs, at a charge of round 30 miles per hour. The system might be daisy-chained too, so a truck plugged into a house charger might have its battery crammed whereas additionally topping up a second automobile.

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