Ford is asking Americans to expand their definitions of what a truck can and should do. The all-new Ford F-150 Lightning is the latest in the F-Series’ 73-year history. And this model is already turning heads for its unique interior features. Even President Joe Biden got in on the action.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is surprisingly quiet
The Ford F-150 Lightning isn’t the first all-electric truck, and it likely won’t be the last. So, what makes this pickup worth the hype? To start, other electric trucks never had the reputation of Ford and the F-150 line. The F-Series has been number one in America because these trucks are tough and reliable. This electric F-150 will likely draw many consumers into the EV market and possibly attract some to the truck market. What can you expect without an internal combustion engine?”
For starters, the F-150 Lightning is quiet even at 75 to 80 mph, Car and Driver reported. The zero-emission propulsion system makes the drive smooth and quiet without robbing it of power. The extended-range battery helps the powertrain produce 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of instantaneous torque. With all that strength, will you really miss the vroom? It might be the first half-ton pickup that’ll let you order food at the drive-thru without cutting the engine.
On the other hand, if the cabin is free of noise, you might have to hear the kids arguing in the back on road trips.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is ready for work
If you’re looking for a truck that can keep up with you, the Ford F-150 Lightning has a few surprise features to make work easier. The quiet interior will help during phone calls with clients. It will also reduce noise coming from the job site. This speaks to the quality of engineering consumers have come to expect from Ford.
The F-150 Lightning also boasts a workstation in the cabin. The Inspector Gadget-style gear shifter automatically folds flat, and the center console folds open into a small desk. Turning your truck into a mini office is useful not only on the construction site but also for other remote workers.
Another smart move Ford engineers made was designing 180-degree reclining seats. Other F-150 models have had large, roomy cabins, but the 2022 Lightning will let the driver nap while the truck recharges on long trips.
Same strength, new energy
The Ford F-150 Lightning comes with plenty of other surprises inside the cabin. It offers a huge LCD color touchscreen (15.5 inches to be exact), CNET reports. There are also four 120V outlets and two USB ports to keep all of your devices charged and running.
Remember when Texas lost its power during a winter storm? Well, the new F-150 Lightning is also a backup generator. According to Ford, this truck can keep your house powered during outages for up to three days or even 10 days if rationed. That’s assuming the truck was fully charged to start. It also boasts 9.4 kilowatts across its 11 outlets.
As for the exterior, pop the hood to find a front trunk. In an engine’s place is a 400-liter (about 14-cubic-foot) frunk. It can hold up to 400 pounds. There’s even a drain in the frunk’s bottom, perfect for filling with ice and drinks at tailgates.