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I’m Driving The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Soon: What Do You Want To Know?

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I’m about to drive Ford’s first-ever all-electric F-150, and I am excited — mostly to see cool hardware and hang out with geeky engineers, but also to drive the thing. Five hundred and eighty horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque should be epic. I have many questions about this truck, and I’m sure you do, too. So hit me with them in the comments.

The Autopian’s first-ever press trip will involve me flying to Texas to drive the Ford F-150 lightning. It’s going to be cool, though I do have some concerns about what will happen to this website when it’s being 100% run by Jason Torchinsky. I’m just going to preemptively apologize for whatever happens or doesn’t happen tomorrow and Wednesday.

Anyway, let me know what questions you have about the Lightning. Do you have technical questions you’d like answered?

Are you curious about off-road performance? What questions do you have on that front?

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What do you want to know about the cabin? Should I ask what this little digital dog’s name is?:

Tell me what’s on your mind re: towing:

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Are there things you just MUST know about the F-150 Lightning’s ride quality?

Spill your curiosities in the comments, and I will do my best to satisfy them.

 

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96 Responses

  1. I would like to know energy use per mile at 65 and 70mph. I currently have an EV with a range of about 235 miles at 100% charge. It would be good to know how far I could travel in an F150 EV. It might be a good option for road trips with my bicycle.

    1. Yes, 100% this. Given the aerodynamic profile, how much does range suffer if you drive faster than 55mph. I’d like to be able to take (reasonable) road trips in an EV, but highway speeds are typically 75, if not 80 or 85. How much does range suffer if you cruise at those higher paces?

    2. I’d like to know this as well. Most of my driving is highway, about 800mi/week. But rarely more than 200/day. My wife and I have a reservation for a lightning and I’d love to know its efficiency under our conditions

  2. My realistic question is “when can I get one with a standard cab and 8ft long (or more) bed.”

    Beyond that, though, how does it “feel” to drive it. I drove a mach-e a while back and it felt like a video game and I kinda hated it. Even with all that torque it wasn’t engaging or fun, and the “unbridled” mode just made it even more apparent that it was all fake to me. I’m not necessarily looking for an electric truck to be my “fun car” but I realistically can’t fit more than 2 cars in my driveway comfortably at the moment, and I /really/ like my bimmer, and the SO really likes her Kia.

    1. I want to know this too, but sadly I think the answer is “when they get around to making the fleet version of the electric Super Duty and are done selling them to people more important than we are.”

      1. Yeah. I think that the single cab truck is going to get more and more rare. The crew cab just makes a lot of sense to anybody with a family. Even companies in construction or landscaping prefer crew cabs to lock stuff inside or transport workers to a jobsite.

        1. Yeah, I totally get why they’re not a thing outside of work trucks nowdays, but in my opinion, a truck should be just that… A truck. The whole point should be the bed, which should be able to comfortably haul anything that I can buy in a Lowes comfortably. There’s no way you’re hauling a 14 footer in any consumer-oriented modern truck without doing something sketchy, though 🙁
          I need at least an 8FT bed or a trailer to haul full sheets of plywood comfortably (E.i. without a bed extender or chipping the edges of the veneers them by ratchet strapping them in) for my shop, and I don’t have room for a trailer.

  3. Oh no, my least favorite regular “feature” from Jalop has made it over here.

    I know, I know. “Just don’t click on it.” But I’ve read every article written here, there can be no exceptions.

      1. Maybe this is something for the Instagram or the Twitters?

        At any rate, I would like to know how different it feels from similar-if-not-equivalent ICE F150. Do you notice the big battery pack, etc. when braking or in the handling? Does electric insta-torque make up for it?

        And how much room in the back seat with the driver’s seat all the way back. Tall dads with kids want to know.

      2. So what your saying is that your standards aren’t standards? That they can be tossed aside if a claim can be made for “community engagement”?

        That’s more than just one step on the slippery slope to “Is this Jay Leno’s husband?” features.

        We trust you. I am certain that you’ll find many things of interest for your write-ups of anything automotive even if you don’t check with us first. And I think you can trust us to provide a plethora of piñatas, err community engagement in response.

        “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.” – Immanuel Kant

      3. I didn’t mind the “what do you want to know” posts, but I didn’t like how jalopnik writers would ignore the vast majority of responses. It seemed like jalopnik wanted to be viewed as valuing community engagement, but didn’t genuinely value community engagement. It was particularly frustrating for us untouchables banished to “pending approval” status; no matter what, our inquiries were never responded to (incidentally, thanks for not having an equivalent of the grays).

        So if you start writing a lot of the “what do you want to know” posts, make sure you actually engage with the community by answering more than one or two inquiries. If that isn’t possible or practical, these posts are best avoided.

      4. One of the problems with manufacturer PR and with typical reviews (which often just parrot PR) is that there is very little insight into real use case. It’s all just “I had a nice day trying out the feature list in some cool location they flew me to”. I think this kind of interactive discussion might be a good solution to that. Maybe explore that direction?

        Sorry, I can’t provide an example myself because I just don’t give a shit about a giant truck, but I’m sure you’ll find some other vehicles that will capture my interest.

        Also, it would be real nice to get reviews of base models for the normies here who don’t go fully loaded on vehicles. Wheels.ca does something like that with their base camp reviews.

      5. I’m not sure what the issue is. This is user engagement at it’s highest. David is driving one of the most anticipated and potentially important vehicles of the year and wants our feedback on info he should gather. To me this is super important and shows a high level of concern for the readership. Thank you.

  4. Doesn’t the F150 have the payload scale in the taillight? Where are they going to hide the external range gauge as well?

    Do they have a good enough relationship with the folks in Milwaukee to bring back the Harley Davidson variant (but, you know, Livewire this time)?

  5. Will there be a Raptor version coming, or are there technical limitations to the platform/powertrain that would prevent that?

    I can’t imagine it wouldn’t sell, so if they can do it I’m guessing they will.

      1. Doctor Nine and Watch bit are on to something here, maybe next year, when the budget is better, definitely need to buy the vehicles outright, NO corporate sponsorship, no special editions, no BS, just tail to tail competition

  6. I’d like to understand the 4wd (or, rather, AWD) situation. I tried searching the web some this weekend, but aside from a note about “user-selectable locking rear differential”, I was curious what the situation was with the front and rear motors and getting power to the wheels.

  7. How exactly did they implement the V2G charging capability that they go on about, and what ancillary equipment are people going to have to get to make it work in their home? Or is it a bait and switch that is going to expect you to just plug the essentials in to the power outlets and not act like a real home battery?

  8. How long does it take to charge on a standard 110 outlet? 220? Special quick charge?
    What are the steps for doing that nifty trick where you can power your house (or tools or campsite or tailgate) from the truck’s batteries? How easy and how practical is it to do?
    What’s the “frunk” like? If you were doing a grocery run, would you put your bags in the frunk, the bed, or the back seat?
    What does it sound like?

    1. Charging on a 120V outlet is so slow it’s utterly useless. On a 220V outlet seems to be 5% per hour. True of any EV really, although obviously the percentage is up to the size of the battery. Living with an EV on just a standard 220V is totally doable, although a smart charger would be able to schedule charging which is nice for lower electricity bills without having to go outside to plug it in at specific times.

      You need this to power your home:
      https://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/f150-lightning/features/ev-charging/ford-charge-station-pro/

      To power individual corded devices you just plug them into the truck (frunk or bed) and activate pro power onboard from inside the truck, it has to be “running”

      The frunk is my favourite feature I’ve ever experienced on a vehicle. The key fob opens it remotely so by the time you even get to the truck it’s already open, throw in your shopping and either close it with the fob, or press the hard button in the cabin. Either way it’s closed by the time you’re settled in. Definitely my preferred method of storage, since I always park a vehicle to drive forwards out of a parking space it’s much more easily accessed in a parking lot. And watching people look confused is fun.

      From inside it’s dead quiet, disappointingly so tbh. Outside it makes a faint whirry electric sound

        1. Re: bed cover – I believe this has been studied on gas pickups by quite a few different groups, and I understand you should expect ~5% improvement in the drag coefficient which equates to about 2-3% improvement in fuel efficiency. It might be worth it, but I would guess the impact on range for an F150L is pretty nominal, especially if the bed cover is a hefty chunk of fiberglass.

        2. The back seats are the same as any F150, 3 big guys can fit back there so a family is no problem. As far as the cover, sometimes you can net minimal gains in efficiency but the big gain is the watertight storage. I carry a lot of tools and expensive items in my bed so being able to lock them up where its dry and [relatively] secure is important

  9. Actual range, such as if you loaded this with a half ton and drove from DFW to Shreveport and back again, how many charging stops would that take and what time per charge?
    As at least another reader has asked – what happens when you get to a real farm road? If you have to do 100 miles on dirt, how does that impact your range?

  10. I, too, am most critically interested in towing range. My scenario is towing a 6,000 pound boat 90 miles each way to the lake. I don’t think it can do it, but would be very pleased to be wrong.

    BTW the Autopian vs. Firefox broke Autopian in my news reader 🙁 (Newsblur). Now, I can only use it when I have time and screen to open the browser and find the article I’m interested in.

  11. How long does the charge last when towing the max weight during winter, in rush hour traffic?

    How far can you back the thing down a boat launch in salt water before ruining the battery and systems?

    How the hell do you jump start the thing?

    Can you get WJR down in Florida using just the antenna like you could in the 60″s?

    Does the Changli fit in the bed?

  12. I don’t have any specific questions about the Lightning, but I do have a general EV question. Would a two speed transmission substantially increase range at highway speed? I’m curious since the Taycan’s range at 70 mph beats its advertised range, which is the opposite of most EVs (i.e. a Tesla Model S range at 70 mph is ~20% shorter than its advertised range). If a two (or more) speed transmission actually increases range, why do most EV manufacturers use a single speed transmission?

    My biggest frustration about EVs is that highway ranges are often 30% lower than advertised ranges. I only care about range when considering long trips at highway speeds. A 400 mile range at 25 mph is kind of useless if that range drops to 270 at highway speed.

  13. David, thanks for asking. I need/want to know:

    1) What’s the maximum tire size without a lift and no rubbing?

    2) What will be different about lifting the Lightning versus the ICE F-150? What is modding the suspension going to entail?

    3) While I’m not at all about bro-dozer lifts, it’s going to happen to this thing. Just a matter of time. How much of a hit will range take from, say, a 3 or 4 inch lift?

    4) What’s the range going to realistically look like on relatively slow-speed trails and forest roads?

    5) I know the tires play a huge factor, but how well does the traction control system handle slippery slopes? Muddy hillsides and the like.

    6) How long could someone power a corded electric chainsaw with the available truck bed outlets? How long for a welder? Could you charge an electric mower in the bed of the truck while driving?

    7) What’s the water fording depth like?

    8) In what ways is the drivetrain and suspension setup similar or exactly the same as the e-Transit?

    9) How many Pro trim level trucks were allocated for the ‘22 model year? (I had a very early reservation and was at the beginning of the second wave of orders, but was told that the Pros were already sold out. I think that maybe they just allowed for a small percentage of the first model year to be Pros, because when I asked Emma Berg about it point blank I got a non-answer in return. So I pushed my reservation to a ‘23 model year truck, because I can’t afford anything beyond the Pro trim level.)

    Hope you have a blast. Wish I could be there. Thanks again!

  14. As something of a Ford EV Truck driver myself, I’m curious what improvements they’ve made in the last 22 years, I assume the column shifter still goes to E?(no really the 2000 Ranger EV has E for Economy after D for drive….).

    I guess the questions of if they’re looking to implement things like crab walk or tank turn, or a mid-gate like the Silverado will have, or accessories for all the available power like the Rivian gear shuttle items. Maybe solar options for camping/overlanding and what not. Will they offer a more street oriented version like the original Lightning, with a proper single cab short bed layout?

  15. Can you please test/check out/describe in detail the e-locker on the rear diff? I am wondering if it is a mechanical link between left and right side half shafts or merely a ABS-create virtual lock that prevents wheelspin of the wheel with no traction or something else. Also, can you sleep lying down on the back seat comfortably?

  16. What’s the payload? Not the marketing number that’s a never-sold theoretical stripped down version, but the actual as-built door sticker payload on the review trucks. Along with range, that’s going to be the real limiter for towing, not the 10,000lb tow rating.

  17. Is RHD a possibility for other markets?
    What’s the rear axle articulation like? IRS Vs solid axle with leaf springs
    Is the IRS related to Rivian’s? If so – How much part sharing is going on between the 2 trucks?
    Off-road performance – is there any torque vectoring, etc instead of diff locks or traction control

  18. Be more interested in a PHEV, as there is a LOT of exploring to do in Canada/ western USA that sees you 150+ miles from a charger. One would think a vehicle with a 40-60 mile battery only mode, a la Volt, would be a better option, and because of reduced battery size, allow for twice as many to be made with the same amount of resources.

  19. Firstly have fun but stay safe.

    In order of most likely to least likely to happen/be answered questions for the Ford employees there:

    How do you open the Frunk when you have a dead 12 volt battery? (which can easily happen in very cold weather)

    Will there be a Manual Frunk latch option?

    When will it get a 3 seat front row? (which is an option for basically every other F-150 in production)

    When will it get a 6.5ft Pickup Bed? (which is an option for 5 different models of Super Crew ICE F-150s currently)

    When will we see single cab and extended cab Lightning variants?

    How will you guys stop massive dealer markups and dealers taking people’s orders and holding them for a dealer markup ransom?

    AWD e-Transit?

    Questions for you:

    How much do you feel the weight in corners (especially in the snow and ice)?

    Does it come with a factory car jack?

    Manual seats?

    Manual Locks?

    Manual Mirrors?

    How trash is the infotainment system?

  20. Ford has been mentioning the Lightning can output power to your home during outages. Will that happen directly through a specialized breaker panel (ie: solar ready panel that can accept grid-tie vs solar panel and switch as needed). Or Will it require a combination of the 80A Ford Charge Station Pro and specialized breaker panel?

    Is the current Fast DC charging rate limited to 150kW even though Electrify America stations can handle up to 350kW?

  21. For me general use questions (in a real world not sales speak):

    – Ride quality.
    – Range
    – Charge time (varies on type)
    – Cargo rating.
    – Can it do most of what we ask pick up to do, ie Dump run, Hardware store run, big item hauling.
    – Tow rating.
    – Is there a factory truck nutz attach point?

  22. I can rationalize and even sort of enjoy the basic road-trip, charging time-suck with EVs . . . but the extremely unappealing, TOWING charging scenarios break me and send me back to $5 diesel. So anything you get on towing will be of immense interest.

    That, or if you report a clever and useful CAMPING MODE, I’ll ditch the camper forever, problem solved!

  23. I’d really like to know how towing effects this thing. I get half of my mileage on my ’21 Powerboost when towing; should we expect the same here? Also, how many of the “standard” F150 tow toys are available in the lightning?

  24. I was about to skip over this, as I’m interested in reading the report but as a not-a-truck-person I don’t have much in the way of good questions to ask.

    But! Your first press trip for Autopian! What was that like getting that set up as a new publication – did you lean on your prior credentials, or on your own massive success in your first month?

  25. I’m curious how the power generator that will supposedly run your house for a given number of hours work. What size house for how long with what running? What does the ride feel like with the low center of gravity compared to a normal f150? Then there is the obvious: How much towing affects the range. I know it will vary depending on the weight, but some approximate numbers would be nice.

  26. As the family car recommendation sounding board that is too often ignored I would like to see you get one as a presser during the middle of a harsh winter week in Troy. My family are all still tied to ICE but some forward thinking ones have begun asking me about electric vehicles for their next ones. They all think a Tesla would be great in socal but how they would fair in a Cleveland winter is another story entirely.

  27. Like others, I’m pretty interested in real world towing. Having had a Volt for 5 years, I pretty much know what the answer is. My Ram will get about 21-22mpg on the interstate at 65mph. Towing our 23′ Airstream, I get around 11-12mpg. So I expect about half the range when towing. It will probably do much better than that with the regen to pull a trailer around town, but for interstate travel, I would expect the range to be around half. It shocks me with the number of people who want to get these to tow a camper.

    I’d buy a PHEV truck in a heartbeat, but not a full electric. I think the full electric is perfect for someone who is not doing long distances with towing, but I don’t think long distance towing is the right application. The other key thing that people won’t understand if they haven’t had an EV before, is that charging stations are not set up for cars with trailers. There’s a good chance you are going to have to drop your trailer and disconnect every time you want to charge up.

    The rumor is that RAM is doing an electric truck with a gas range extender. This is what I’m waiting for. I don’t even need a huge electric only range. Put 50-60 miles of battery in it, and I’d only be using gas on long trips.

    1. I think PHEV is the best way to go. A 150ish mile electric range and a small gas powered generator would be great. Ideally, you could set when the generator kicks on. If you know you will be close to home, let the battery get to 20% before starting the generator. If it’s going to be a longer trip or when towing, have the generator come on at 50-60% charge to keep the batteries at a good state. Maybe when accelerating, you would use more capacity than the generator is making but then when coasting or stopped, the generator would really fill it back up.

      1. I like the idea of allowing the battery to run lower in some situations. You could add a button to the dashboard that prevents the engine/generator from coming on before reaching the 20% state of charge. If you don’t push the button, the generator maintains the battery between 40 and 60. That seems like the easiest solution.

        I’m curious how the Volt was programmed to charge the battery (i.e. at what point did the generator come on, and at what state of charge did the generator maintain that battery).

        1. For the Volt, from 2013 and up, there was a “Hold” button where you could force the engine to run at any time and it would keep the battery held at the current level. From 2011-on, there was a “Mountain Mode” which would maintain or charge the batteries to about 1/3 of capacity to give the engine more power to climb large inclines. You were supposed to engage mountain mode about 10 minutes before the mountain, so you could build up enough reserve. This was because the gas engine would only put out about 66kw, but the battery could provide about 100kw. There was always some capacity in the battery for short bursts of power assistance, but for a long period, like a mountain, you needed more battery reserve. There was also “Sport” which did nothing but remap the pedal so the first part of the pedal had a faster response (seemed faster, except you had the same peak acceleration… you just got there with less pedal pressure). The Volt was a really well engineered car.

    2. I also would like a PHEV truck, but so far, most PHEVs have been kind of a joke. I want the majority of my in-town driving to be EV only. My daily driving needs are about 40 miles, so a 10-15 mile EV only range doesn’t cut it. If Ford came out with a PHEV Lightning with a 40 mile range, I’d absolutely buy it. I currently drive a Leaf in-town and use an F250 for longer trips and towing; it would be nice to be able to trade both in for a single PHEV truck. PHEVs seem like almost the ideal way to transition from fossil fuel to electricity; I’m surprised they haven’t caught on.

  28. I’ll echo the questions about towing & range. I’m also curious about how regenerative braking integrates with towing, and if it is capable of more “engine braking” than the combustion counterparts. I’d also like to know if max regen braking power changes with battery state of charge.

    For offroad driving, I’d like to know actual power splits across wheels when in limited traction events, and if it differs significantly in performance from the combustion counterparts (a combustion 4×4 with lockers all around could send full engine power to one wheel. A multi-motor electric vehicle may be limited by powertrain layout.).

  29. How powerful is the Tracy jinx? (kidding, kidding)

    Okay, I’m really most interested in cold-weather performance, but that doesn’t seem likely on a May trial. Contingency: how does it handle on rough roads (potholes, dirt roads, rumble strips)? How quiet is sound dampening from outside the cab?

          1. An electric wood chipper would be the environmentally friendly option, but for best results, I would recommend a commercial-grade diesel wood chipper. To determine if the Lightning is the appropriate vehicle for body disposal, we need more details on towing capacity and range while towing. Obviously, you can’t dispose a body just anywhere, so the truck needs adequate range to deliver the bodies and wood chipper to an appropriately remote site.

            So the question is, how far can a Lightning tow a 7,000 lb. diesel wood chipper?

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