The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Offers Something Most Rivals Need

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is an electric truck that’s taking things to the next level. Ford took an extra step that most rivals didn’t to provide one crucial feature that’s essential for saving your rear in emergencies. 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning offers a full-size spare tire 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning parked in front of buildings
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

There are various electric trucks entering the scene, such as the Tesla Cybertruck, that lack a crucial feature compared to the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. According to The Day, the F-150 Lightning is one of the only options that offers a full-size spare tire. 

This will be incredibly beneficial if a flat tire occurs. Instead of dealing with a little donut tire and crawling to a tire shop, you can change the tire and continue about your day. This also helps drivers from getting stranded. 

Most electric trucks are marketed as off-roaders, but if you only have a little donut tire in the wild, then you might have to wait for a tow truck. The F-150 Lightning is a lifestyle truck, and a temporary spare donut tire won’t work when you’re far away from the pavement or roadside assistance. 

Why do auto manufacturers use donut spares? 

Back in the day, full-size spare tires were universal. John Klinger, Vice President of Car Culture at Hagerty, explained that many early cars through the 1920s could have more than one full-size spare tire because tire problems used to be more common. 

But during World War II and the Korean War, there were temporary bans on spare tires in new vehicles due to rubber shortages. The space-saving donut spare cut down on rubber usage, weight and took up less space. Plus, they cuts down on production time and costs. 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning isn’t the first truck to emphasize the need for a full spare. Front fender or side-mounted full-size spare tires were a common feature into the 1930s. Then the continental kit spare tire was seen on the back of Lincolns in the 1940s. 

Now in some images of the F-150 Lightning, you can see the spare neatly tucked under the bed. It’s visible to drivers from the rear. It provides both form and function, and the front trunk, aka the frunk, provides tons of storage. 

What else does the F-150 Lightning offer? 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning from the rear at night
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Getty Images

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning incorporates what drivers want and need. Drivers mentioned that they wanted a full-size spare, and Ford delivered. It also has a fully independent rear suspension to improve its handling and ride quality. 

Plus, the F-150 Lightning can power your home in the event of an outage. Simply connect your truck to Ford’s charging station and a power inverter for 9.6 kW worth of constant electricity. A fully charged truck will power your home for days. The Pro Power Onboard feature will power tools. 

The Lightning begins at about $41,000 and qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit and other local state, city, and power company incentives. The standard range battery pack provides 426 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque with a 230-mile range. The extended-range battery cranks out 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of range with an estimated 300-mile range. 

Things such as the 12-inch touchscreen, max recline seats, multi-functional tailgate, water-resistant front trunk with plugs, electrical plugs in the bed, and more provide capability and convenience. We can’t wait to learn more about this truck. It will arrive in spring 2022.

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