2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro: Your Electric Work Truck Has Arrived
If you’re looking for an F-150 Lightning to use for work, fear not. Introducing the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro, the commercial version of the all-new, all-electric truck. It will be the second battery-electric commercial vehicle in Ford’s lineup alongside the e-Transit. At $39,974, the F-150 Lightning Pro is also the most accessible way to get into the lineup. However, that comes with a lot of changes versus the truck sold for personal use. The Lightning Pro will be initially available in Crew Cab configuration only. There’s no word yet on whether Ford plans to expand availability to other cab and bed layouts.
You’ll know you’re looking at the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro because it lacks specific exterior design cues. The F-150 Lightning Pro doesn’t get the full-width LED light strip in front. That gives it a similar look to its internal combustion and hybrid counterparts despite the closed-off grille. Inside, you get a lot more hard plastic and vinyl instead of softer bits and cloth or leather upholstery. The massive 15.5-inch touchscreen also doesn’t make it to the F-150 Lightning Pro. You get the smaller 12.0-inch display instead. At least the truck is still available with the 12.0inch digital gauge cluster.
On the usability front, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro will be offered with neat features like four 2.4 kW AC outlets in the frunk and an optional 9.6-kW outlet called the Pro Power Onboard. In case the outlets deplete the battery charge, they’ll automatically shut off until you recharge the truck.
Two powertrain options will be available on F-150 Lightning Pro. The standard range model is targeting 230 miles of range per charge and an output of 426 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. It will also include a 32-amp mobile charger. An optional extended range battery is estimated to get 563 hp and up to 300 miles of range on a single charge. The big battery option also includes an 80-amp mobile charger, allowing it to fully charge overnight using an AC charger.
Ford is targeting up to 2,000 pounds of maximum payload capacity for the 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro. When equipped with the standard battery, the truck can tow up to 5,000 pounds or 7,700 pounds with the Max Trailer Tow Package. For the big battery option, Ford is targeting a max towing capacity of 10,000 pounds when equipped with the Max Trailer Tow Package.
A wide range of charging solutions for operators will be offered by Ford. In addition to the standard charging cables, the F-150 Lightning Pro will be able to DC charge at a rate of 150 kW. That allows the truck to charge from 15 percent to 80 percent in less than 45 minutes.
As with the rest of its commercial vehicle offerings, Ford will offer a telematics service on the F-150 Lightning Pro. Operators will be able to track everything from how much energy the trucks are using to planning routes to maximize efficiency. In addition to accident notifications, you can also monitor charging speeds and distance to empty plus other factors to show you how the trucks are operating in real-time.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro goes on sale next year. If you’re looking to get one, you’ll need to visit a Ford commercial vehicle dealer since this variant won’t be sold at dealers selling mainly vehicles for personal use.