Ford just dropped news of the all-new 2022 model-year F-150 Lightning Pro - an all-electric F-Series truck purpose-built for commercial customers. The new truck joins E-Transit in the growing lineup of Ford work-ready electric vehicles.
“F-150 Lightning Pro represents so much more than an electric workhorse. Its indicative of how Ford is democratizing EV’s for all commercial customers while enhancing productivity beyond all expectations. Our growing lineup now includes F-150 Lightning Pro standard and extended range and eight configurations of E-Transit in cargo, cutaway, and chassis cab variants. There’s something for everyone, across every industry,” Ted Cannis, general manager commercial business, Ford Motor Company, told Work Truck.
Just a few top highlights:
- Two options, standard (available for retail and commercial customers) and available extended range (available only for commercial customers – regardless of fleet size).
- Available extended range option includes a 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro for fast overnight charging for drivers who take their vehicles home at night or for small business customers.
- The first ever Mega Power Frunk on an F-Series pickup (read below for details).
- Registration is open now.
All the Pro Details
With a starting MSRP of $39,974 before tax incentives, the 4x4 F-150 Lightning Pro with the standard range battery targets an EPA-estimated 230-mile range and includes a complimentary 32-amp Ford Mobile Charger, making the transition affordable for small and medium-size businesses, according to the company.
Targeted to generate 426 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque with its standard lithium-ion battery, the base truck has a targeted 2,000-pound maximum payload capacity and is targeting up to 5,000 pounds of towing capability – and up to 7,700 pounds with the optional Max Trailer Tow package.
For all models, maximum payload is based on accessories and vehicle configuration. Where more power, towing, and range are needed, the F-150 Lightning Pro can be optioned as an extended-range version with a targeted EPA-estimated 300-mile range starting at an MSRP of $49,974 before tax incentives. This version offers customers a targeted 563-horsepower 4x4 powertrain, while torque remains 775 lb.-ft.
It includes an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, which, when combined with the included onboard dual chargers, enables affordable Level 2 overnight charging using battery-friendly AC power – negating the need for expensive DC power installation. Equipped with the optional Max Trailer Tow Package, targeted maximum towing increases to 10,000 pounds.
Built for Commercial & Government Fleets
F-150 Lightning Pro electric undergoes the same rigorous Built Ford Tough durability testing as all F-Series trucks. This means millions of miles of harsh testing at Ford facilities across the United States and on the road, and in the hands of commercial customers. The same is true for the battery and powertrain, which will endure a grueling array of tests that includes hundreds of charges and runs across rocks, stones, mud baths, up high grades in desert heat – with trailers attached, and in icy temperatures at 40-degrees below zero.
The military-grade aluminum alloy body and upgraded high-strength steel frame support the advanced battery, while the first F-Series independent rear suspension and low center of gravity help improve isolation from the road, provide a stable ride and reduce steering roll – all while maintaining the durability and reliability expected of an F-150. Advanced cooling systems help ensure the truck can thrive even through the toughest of ordeals, while thick, high-strength aluminum alloy protects the components and steel underbody shields are added for extra protection of the battery and dual electric in-board motors in the front and rear.
What the Frunk?
Going electric with the F-150 Lightning Pro brings a host of new technologies and features never before possible in a commercial pickup. Front and center is the first-ever Mega Power Frunk on an F-Series pickup.
Under the hood, where an internal combustion engine used to be, is a spacious, high-tech cargo area complete with four 120-volt AC Pro Power Onboard electrical outlets and two USB ports. It also features a rugged, water-tight space strong enough to store 400 pounds of cement bags. Under the powered waterfall hood with bumper-height opening, this well-lit space can be locked, unlocked and accessed from either the remote key fob, an exterior button or from inside the vehicle. Ford notes that a one-way drain makes cleaning easy.
Pro Power Onboard is a built-in AC power source that comes standard with 2.4 kilowatts of capability through four outlets in the Mega Power Frunk, two more in the cabin and two in the bed. Available 9.6-kilowatt Pro Power Onboard – with enough power to rip up to 30 miles of half-inch plywood on a single charge on the extended-range battery – adds two more 120V and a 240-volt AC outlet in the bed. Both versions automatically adjust the truck’s battery range estimates as power is used. Fleet managers can set parameters for power usage.
Should Pro Power Onboard deplete the battery charge level to the point the truck cannot reach a charge location, it will shut down automatically or based on a pre-determined customer setting to prevent the truck from becoming stranded.
When activated, the standard 4G LTE modem unlocks a number of seamless connectivity services to help fleets optimize efficiency and lower operating costs. Electric vehicle-specific data, such as kilowatt-hour consumption, charge speed, distance to empty and more, are available to better understand how trucks are operating in real-time to optimize running costs and uptime.
Onboard Scales are available to monitor payload for even more accurate range calculations, while vehicle pre-conditioning – standard across the lineup – can manage cabin temperatures while plugged in to further optimize range. Acceleration and speed limiters come standard to further aid with range and driver safety.
Additionally, the Ford Telematics and EV Telematics dashboard offer in-cab driver coaching, remote vehicle pre-conditioning and severe incident notifications to inform operators should their vehicles be involved in an accident where the airbag is triggered. Email and in-app alerts can relay the driver involved, as well as location and time of crash.
Registrations for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro open May 24, 2022 at Fleet.Ford.com and when it arrives next year, it will be supported by an established network of 644 electric vehicle-certified Ford Commercial Vehicle Centers across the U.S. offering sales, service, financing, and charging solutions, as well as 2,300 EV-certified Ford dealers.
“F-150 Lightning Pro represents so much more than an electric workhorse - it’s made for commercial customers inside and out, it gets better over time, and it’s totally plugged into always-on services that can help business productivity,” said Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “As more companies make the commitment to go carbon neutral, they are going to expect electric products that can integrate into their operations easily. Ford is so uniquely positioned to answer this call because we have a zero-emissions pick up and van, many of our customers want both vehicles in their fleet.”
Originally posted on Work Truck Online