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What You Need To Know About the New Ford F-150 Lightning

May 24, 2021

The Ford-150 has been the most popular truck for over four decades. And now, they’ve continued to evolve this popular model into the new Ford F-150 Lightning. Some people are calling this electric truck the “Truck of the Future.” Not sure how you feel about it yet? Here’s everything you need to know about the new Ford F-150 Lightning.


Table of Contents

-Why is the Ford F-150 Model So Popular?

-History of the Ford F-150 Lightning

-What is the New Ford F-150 Lightning

-What is So Interesting About the New Ford-F150 Lightning

-Is it Worth Buying the New Ford F-150 Lightning


Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company


Why is the Ford F-150 Model So Popular?


To understand the craze around this new truck, it may be helpful to know why the Ford F-150 has been one of the most popular trucks for roughly 44 years. For starters, this model is extremely spacious and has an extended cab, making it the perfect option for a daily driver, a family vehicle, or a workhorse.


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It’s reasonable price (especially when it’s brand new) and solid reliability make it an easy choice for a lot of truck lovers.This truck has earned the title of “iconic” over the years, and a lot of people argue it’s because of the little details like affordable repairs and maintenance that make this truck a timeless, popular model. On top of all that, Ford continues to evolve the F-150, keeping people on their toes and continuing to shock them with new changes.


History of the Ford F-150 Lightning

In 1991, Ford created the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) to create vehicles that had performance, substance, exclusivity, and value in mind. The Ford F-150 Lightning was one of the first models to wear this SVT "badge."

The first generation of Ford Lightnings were sold between 1993-1995. Originally they were only offered in black and red, with white sold shortly after. Between these years, there were 11,563 models produced. The 1993 Lightning had a lot of "firsts," including the first true dual exhaust on an F-Series and 17-inch wheels and tires. This truck delivers up to 240 horsepower and has a tall 4.10 axle ratio to improve acceleration and throttle response.


2004 SVT F-150 Lightning Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The second generation of Ford Lightnings came to the scene later that decade and ultimately were produced from 1999-2004. This generation saw several improvements including additional horsepower to 380hp and a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds, compared to 7.6 seconds from the first generation model. This model also featured lowered suspensions compared to other F-150's and 18-inch wheels. While they originally only sold red, black, and white Lightnings, over time silver, true blue, dark blue, sonic blue, and dark shadow grey were offered in later years. Between these years, there were 28,124 second-gen Lightnings produced.

Fun fact, the 2003 Lightning was certified as the World's Fastest Production Pickup.

What is the New Ford F-150 Lightning?

The popularity of electric vehicles have been rapidly increasing in recent years, and Ford decided they wanted in on the fun. The F-150 Lightning is Ford’s take on an all-electric truck. The new Lightning is said to be the fastest and most powerful model in Ford’s lineup to date. It is reported to deliver up to 563 horsepower and 775 feet of torque. And if speed is your thing, you’ll be happy to know it accelerates faster than any other F-150 at around 0-60 mph in about 4.4 seconds.


Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company


In terms of battery, there are two options. You can go with the standard option that estimates 230 miles, or you can go with the extended-range battery that offers around 300 miles. The truck comes with a 32-amp Ford Mobile Charger that allows you the charge from a standard 120V or 240V outlet. However, if you opt for the extended-battery option, it comes with an 80-amp Ford Station Charging Pro, guaranteeing a full-charge overnight. So, basically you won’t have to go through the hassle of finding a special charging station for the F-150 Lightning. However, you’ll definitely have to be mindful about how far you’re traveling and the terrain you’ll be driving on because of how short of a driving range this truck has.


Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company


An interesting thing about this electric truck is that if the power goes out and leaves your house without it, you can set something called Ford Intelligent Backup Power to automatically kick in and act as a generator to keep your home going. Depending on the length of the blackout, the Lightning can even keep your home powered up from between 3-10 days, depending on how well you ration.



What is So Interesting About the New Ford F-150 Lightning?


Besides serving as your own personal, mini generator, the Lightning has a ton of interesting technological features with this truck. Here are some of our favorites:


  • Phone as Key option so you can start and unlock it without a fob
  • Has something called Intelligent Range that tells you how much energy your truck uses in various conditions like certain weather and traffic
  • BlueCruise that uses cameras and radar technology to allow for hands-free driving on certain portions of divided highways
  • Uses FordPass Power My Trip to use the truck’s SYNC screen to easily plan trips and customize your directions
  • 15.5” touchscreen


Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company


It’s obvious that Ford focused a lot on increasing user experience and overall convenience with all of these new advancements.


Don’t be fooled by all of the high-tech additions, Ford made the F-150 Lightning tough. It’s powered by dual-motors and has a military-grade aluminum alloy body. Did we mention that it’s also bulletproof? Just in case that ever comes up. It can tow up to 10,000 lbs and it’s front and rear motors provide all-wheel drive and skid plates that protect underneath the Lightning when you take this bad boy off-road.  They also introduced a new, independent rear suspension for ride and handling so you won’t have to get nervous about tight trails. 


Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company


A question we wanted to know about this 100%-electric pickup is, what the heck is under the hood? Well, Ford is calling it the “frunk.” The “front trunk” on the Lightning AKA “the frunk” offers 14.1 cubic feet of storage space and can hold up to 400 lbs. It even has outlets, so you can charge anything from your laptop to a set of power tools. This is definitely a really cool feature for an already specious truck. It’s a game-changer in the world of activities like tail-gating and camping.  


Is it Worth Buying the New Ford F-150 Lighting?


When it comes to pricing, the entry-level model is sitting at around $40,000 and the mid-level XLT at around $53,000. Something to keep in mind is that the government is offering roughly $7,500 of federal tax credit for electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. So when it’s all said and done, you’ll probably be paying less than the average $50,000 for a new pick-up truck.


Whether or not you’re interested in having an electric vehicle, you have to give Ford props for designing a model that you don’t have to be a millionaire to afford. Like the President of Ford North America said, “Ford is committed to building one

that solves real problems for real people.” And that we can respect. 


Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company


The one thing that seems like a big red flag is how far a “full-charge” will take you compared to a full tank of gas with the other F-150’s. Most of the gasoline or hybrid models are good for between 500-700 miles compared to the 230-300 offered by the new all-electric Lightning. It just doesn’t seem like the best option for someone who has a long daily commute or avid travelers. Plus, you have to consider how much extra “charge” is used when taking it off-road. This just doesn’t seem like the most convenient option, depending on what you use your truck for. 


For all of the high-tech, convenient features in the new Lightning, it’s hard to deny you’re definitely getting a good deal for an all-electric truck. Many people are interested in the electric route for green purposes. So if that’s you, putting up with the few minor inconveniences that come with owning an electric vehicle are worth it in the long run. We appreciate that Ford stayed true to most of the features that make the F-150 a model that is loved by so many, including the amazing look, size, and multi-use nature. Let us know below in the comments how you feel about the new Lightning!


Do you own an F-150 and are interested in turning it into you're dream build? Remember, when you get a wheel and tire package you will get free shipping, mounting, and balancing. 





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