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The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning hasn’t hit American streets yet, but when the Lightning strikes, Tesla better watch out. The F-150 Lightning is poised to pose a major threat to Tesla in the years to come. Here’s why the F-150 Lightning is a Tesla killer.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is convincing Tesla drivers to come to the Blue Oval

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has yet to strike, but thunder is rumbling throughout the industry before its arrival. According to InsideEVs, at least 11% of F-150 Lightning pre-orders are from Tesla owners. The Blue Oval has successfully convinced Tesla owners to try Ford’s new EV.

The F-150 Lightning has attracted thousands of Americans because of its unique utility and capabilities. The new electrified F-150 offers drivers power, acceptable range, and more storage space than ever before, thanks to its massive frunk.

Tesla prices often fluctuate. Ford, on the other hand, is a much more seasoned automaker and issues like severe price fluctuation hardly occur. Tesla has also struggled with supply issues, often selling out of base models quickly, leaving consumers to choose from more expensive trim levels. Ford has had its fair share of supply issues because of the global semiconductor chip shortage, but the company has a longer history of good customer service.

The Ford F-150 Lightning is an attractive option to Tesla owners because it is the electric version of America’s favorite truck. The F-150 nameplate is an American staple because it’s the perfect work truck and daily driver for the average middle-class American. Tesla has catered to a wealthier target audience, and its prices are still discouraging for consumers looking for an entry-level model.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is well-rounded and familiar

Blue 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning driving down the street, ready to charge battery at EV charging station
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

Familiarity plays a huge role in the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning’s pre-orders. The electric truck may be new and innovative, but it isn’t so different that it scares away consumers. In fact, with over 160,000 pre-orders, there’s a high demand for the new electric pickup.

The F-150 Lightning is the polar opposite of the Tesla Cybertruck. The Cybertruck has a futuristic design that isn’t the most efficient, according to some automotive designers. Telsa throws conventional designs to the wayside, and sometimes that’s detrimental to sales.

Drivers frustrated with the many growing pains of Tesla vehicles see the Ford F-150 Lightning as a more stable alternative. Tesla vehicles often require updates and have been known to get in accidents when semi-autonomous driving features are activated.

The Ford F-150 Lightning will set the standard for American electric vehicle performance

A gray 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is on display.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Bill Pugliano via Getty Images

Since electric vehicles are so new to the automotive industry, one company has to set the standard, and what better company to do it than Ford? Ford has spent decades producing work trucks and muscle cars that have created a huge fan base. The Blue Oval is home to some of the finest examples of American automotive engineering to exist.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has a standard battery range of an estimated 230 miles. Extended range models should get up to 300 miles of range. The F-150 Lightning will make a massive 563 horsepower. The electric truck starts at $39,974 before electric vehicle tax incentives. Tax incentives could bring its price much closer to $32,474.

The F-150 Lightning will be a Tesla killer because it comes from a history of excellence. Ford has delivered with the Mustang Mach-E, and when the Lightning strikes, Tesla better watch its back.


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