It feels like the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid just came out, but there’s already a new electric Ford truck in town. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning just made its debut, so we’re wondering if going all-electric has any benefits over going hybrid.
Is the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning better than the Hybrid?
Maybe. There hasn’t been much time for critics to review the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning yet, so most are currently more familiar with the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid. The new Ford Lightning begins at about $39,974, while the PowerBoost starts around $41,145. We didn’t expect the Lightning to be cheaper!
Both the Lightning and Hybrid are available with popular F-150 features such as the lay-flat seats, ProTrailer Backup Assist, and Pro Power Onboard generator. But the Lighting includes a few new features such as a front trunk that can carry 400 lbs and Pro Trailer Hitch Assist.
How much power does the F-150 Lightning have?
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has a standard range of 230 miles. It pumps out 426 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. The extended range model increases the range to about 300 miles and increases its output to 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque.
With the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid, you get a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s paired with an electric motor to provide 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined, but you don’t have to charge it.
The standard range F-150 Lightning can carry a payload of up to 2,000 lbs, and the extended range variant can carry up to 1,800 lbs. You can tow up to 7,000 lbs with the standard range truck and up to 10,000 lbs with the extended range model.
With the F-150 Hybrid, you can carry a payload of up to 2,120 lb and tow up to 12,700 lbs. With the gas-powered 2021 Ford F-150, you can tow up to 14,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 2,3238 lbs.
The Lightning comes with a 240-volt at-home charging cable that provides about 21 miles of range per hour. The optional 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro can be installed at your home to provide 30 miles of range per hour.
The emergency 110-volt charge offers three miles of range per hour. By going to a DC fast charging station, you can increase the battery juice from 15 to 80 percent in about 40 minutes.
Does the Ford Lightning have more generator power?
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning can power a home for about three days, and the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid can power a campsite for about 72 hours. The Lightning has four 110-volt outlets in the bed and one 240-volt outlet. Another four 110-volt outlets are in the front trunk (frunk).
With the Pro Power Onboard Generator, the Hybrid provides an output of 7.2 kW. This is the same amount of power as it exports on the Lightning, but the Lightning also provides an additional 2.4 kW from the frunk.
Both the Lightning and Hybrid can go off-roading, but the Lightning has a new independent rear suspension and low center of gravity that might make things more comfortable. Plus, the frunk can hold up to 400 lbs of gear, it’s lockable, and it’s weatherproof.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is a little faster than the Hybrid with more storage space and power. But the Hybrid can tow more and doesn’t come with range anxiety. Both options serve as reliable and capable options. If you don’t want to wait for the Lightning to arrive next summer, check out the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid.