Ford has launched its first all-electric pickup, which has been talked about and rumored for a long time. It’s called the F-150 Lightning, and Ford calls it its most innovative pickup ever.
It’s no small feat for an electric car – the pickup weighs in at just under three tonnes and the engines provide up to 563 horsepower (420 kilowatts). Massive batteries provide a range of 370 or 483 kilometers fully charged under average conditions according to the US EPA’s calculation model (the European WLTP standard is supposed to give a different result, not to mention actual driving).
The base model costs just under $ 40,000 in the US, an important mark from Ford, and has, among other things, four-wheel drive as standard.
Under the hood at the front there is a luggage compartment of 400 liters that can, for example, hold two sets of golf clubs. There are also both USB and standard wall sockets with 2.4 kilowatt capacity so that you can charge gadgets and operate, for example, a kettle if you are out camping or at work.
Perhaps the most innovative, however, is a feature Ford calls Intelligent Backup Power. A special quick charger that can be installed in the home has an additional function: In the event of a power failure, it can take power from the car’s battery and power the home with up to 9.6 kilowatts total power. Ford says the larger battery can power a normal home for up to three days that way.