In a live broadcast last week, Ford quietly revealed the battery capacity available on its Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup, Auto Evolution logged in. For starters, the Standard Range model, with an estimated range of 230 miles, comes with a 98 kWh battery. Meanwhile, the optional extended-range version (300 miles target) will have a massive 131 kWh battery.
The Standard Range package will be the main offering for the first three of four versions: Fleet-Oriented Lightning Pro, XLT and Lariat. The extended range is optional for the XLT and Lariat, and is standard for the premium Platinum model. Ford said “the F-150 Lighting Pro will be available with a standard-range battery for retail customers,” but said earlier that it would be available with an extended-range option for fleet customers.
Ford has also revealed that electrically folding mirrors will only be available on the Lariat and Platinum models, and that the Tough Bed spray bed cover is not standard, but an available option for all equipment. Other options we already knew about include a powerful 9.6 kW Pro Power system for the first two equipment (standard on Lariat and Platinum) and a 15.5-inch Sync 4A touchscreen, available on the upper trim levels.
Ford has not yet revealed the exact retail prices, but said earlier that the Standard Range Lightning Pro will start at $ 39,974 before any tax breaks for commercial customers, while the Extended Range model (again only for fleet customers) will start at $ 49,974. Retail prices are expected to start at $ 42,000 and reach $ 90,000 for the Platinum model. That’s pretty little more than the base price of $ 28,000 for the F-150 ICE version, but again, most people on average pay significantly more than that.
Given the large sizes of the batteries, Ford’s prices actually look surprisingly reasonable. By comparison, Hyundai’s Kona Electric has a much smaller 64 kWh battery and starts at $ 34,000. We should know the exact prices of the F-150 Lightning soon, as Ford said in livestream that order banks will open in January 2022. It currently has 200,000 pre-orders in hand and has recently suspended further bookings.
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