The Ford F-150 Lightning is finally in production after months of anticipation. The flashy electric Ford truck has the potential to become America’s favorite electric truck. Is the Blue Oval’s new EV any good off-road?
Can you off-road in the Ford F-150 Lightning?
The Ford F-150 Lightning has proven its worth as a daily driver and a work truck, but what about as an off-roader? Can the Ford F-150 Lightning tear up trails off-road? The short answer is yes. Here’s how.
The F-150 Lightning has 8.9 inches of ground clearance. It comes standard with all-wheel drive. According to an off-road buying guide prepared by Edmunds, vehicles with at least 8.5 inches of ground clearance are ideal for off-roading. High ground clearance makes it easier to avoid damaging a vehicle off-road.
The F-150 Lightning produces a massive amount of torque thanks to its electric powertrain. That makes it even more well-suited for off-roading. It makes 426 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. The pickup even has an off-road driving mode. In the video above, a YouTuber put the F-150 Lightning electric truck through different off-road obstacles.
The electric pickup conquered every obstacle that the YouTuber put the truck through. So, the F-150 lightning can tackle mild off-road obstacles with patience. We’ll have to wait and see how capable it is as the nameplate ages. The YouTuber criticized the tires, wheels, ground clearance, and the throttle mapping. The Lightning isn’t a natural off-roader, but we could see a more capable version of the electric pickup in the future.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is in high demand
If you want to give off-roading in the F-150 Lightning a try, you’re out of luck for the time being. If you haven’t reserved one of the 200,000 reserved models, you may not be able to purchase an F-150 lightning for months. Getting one delivered will take even longer.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is in extremely high demand. Ford fans have anticipated the truck since it debuted. The demand for Ford’s first electric pickup truck only seems to be growing over time.
The Blue Oval’s new EV has sent shockwaves through the entire automotive industry. It will compete with the Chevy Silverado EV and Ram’s first electric pickup truck, the Ram 1500 EV. Ford got a jump on the competition by releasing its electric truck before most competitors. Despite what Ford claims, the Rivian R1T came first.
Even the F-150 Lightning Platinum sold out, so Americans are going crazy for every F-150 Lightning trim level. Thanks to its electric powertrain system, it could be Ford’s most popular truck yet in the future.
Should you buy a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning?
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro starts at $39,974. It’s eligible for a federal electric vehicle tax incentive, but it could soon lose that eligibility. The F-150 Lightning Pro is $32,474 after the tax incentive.
The standard range battery has an estimated 230 miles of driving range. Extended range battery models should get close to 300 miles of driving range. If you do get the opportunity to buy an F-150 Lightning, you should jump on it. The nameplate is already historic despite just making it to the assembly line recently.
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