Perhaps one of the most surprising details about the arrival of the 2021 Ford F-150 Lightning was its sub-$40,000 base price. However, this limited you to a base model truck with an estimated electrical range of around 230 miles. As a result, most F-150 buyers would likely opt to add the Extended Range option to their particular build.
Unfortunately, a new report by CarsDirect indicates that the average consumer likely won’t be able to buy this specific trim level. That’s because the American carmaker intends to sell the Pro model with the Extended Range pack exclusively to commercial customers.
How much does the 2021 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro cost?
As stated in the intro, a base Ford F-150 Lightning Pro will cost you $39,974. However, this base truck and all other configurations are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit from uncle sam. As a result, we’re talking about an all-electric version of America’s most popular vehicle for around $33,500. The main caveat here is that you’d get stuck with the shorter estimated electric range of 230 miles.
While 230 miles is certainly more than enough for most consumers, many buyers would like to have the peace of mind that comes with the Extended Range option. According to CarsDirect, this bumps the truck’s base price up to $49,974. However, the same tax credit stated before applies here as well.
In the standard range model, you’re getting an estimated 426 hp, while the Extended Range model generates 563 hp. Aside from the extra range and power, the Extended Range pack is the only way to achieve the truck’s maximum 10,000-lb towing capacity. It’s also worth mentioning that you’ll need the Max Trailer Tow Package as well.
Here’s why you might not be able to buy one with Extended Range
If you want one of these base Ford F-150 Lightning Pro models with the Extended Range pack, chances are you’ll never be able to buy it. As mentioned earlier, CarsDirect reports that the American plans to offer that option exclusively to commercial customers. While this might seem like it’ll work against the normal consumer, it actually makes a fair bit of sense.
Since the Extended Range model is the cheapest way to reach the maximum towing capacity, it makes sense that it would be offered exclusively to commercial customers. This way, its production can be focused on meeting individual orders rather than having them sit at dealerships across the country.
If we had to guess, these trucks would likely sit at dealerships because the bulk of F-150 buyers don’t opt for the base model. As a result, the average model that already wanted an XLT trim or higher will remain unaffected by this decision.
Which Ford F-150 Lightning can I buy with Extended Range?
Speaking of the XLT, CarsDirect reports that it’ll likely be the cheapest version of the Ford F-150 Lightning you’ll be able to buy with the Extended Range pack. Unfortunately, the American carmaker hasn’t released official pricing for this model. However, for the sake of context, an internal-combustion XLT starts at around $35,000. As you might expect, the electric model will likely carry a considerable premium over this, potentially landing closer to the $60,000 range.