Ford F-150 Lightning

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The New Electric Ford F-150 Might Change How You Feel About Trucks

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I am the first one to admit, I am not a pickup truck guy. Well, I wasn’t until Ford unveiled their all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck. Ford released a vehicle so compelling that I am finally questioning my aversion to owning a pickup truck, especially as a filmmaker who works out in the field with lots of tools and camera equipment.

Ford is offering a vehicle that is tough to beat. The base model will be capable of an impressive 230 miles on a full charge and an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles with the extended range battery option on certain models/trims. Some trims are capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds and the fully-spec’d model will be able to hit 60 miles an hour in a little over 4 seconds. Holy cow, that’s amazing.

15.5-inch portrait touchscreen available with SYNC® 4 Technology.
15.5-inch portrait touchscreen available with SYNC® 4 Technology.

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In addition, the Lightning has futuristic tech. When you enter the truck, you will be welcomed by its beautiful and gigantic available 15.5 inch touchscreen command center in the center console decked out with available Ford SYNC® 4A technology. It can allow you to do things like run Apple CarPlay or Android Auto wirelessly, choose driving modes (Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Off-Road) and adjust driver preferences. You can even find onboard scales which automatically measure the payload weight in the truck. It also has Siri or Alexa Built-In with Ford Streaming available. It can also receive wireless software updates from Ford, which keeps your truck up to date with things like Ford BlueCruise – a new technology that builds upon available Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition.

Work from anywhere with the F-150 Lightning's interior work surface.

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Need to work on your laptop from your truck? The engineers came up with a genius idea. You can actually stow the gear shifter in the center console and fold down a flat work surface (aka desk space) to sign documents or work from your laptop. For anyone who needs to stay connected at remote work sites, there’s even a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot that’s well worth the subscription it requires.

Ford F-150 Lightning's tailgate work surface.
Ford F-150 Lightning's tailgate work surface.

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Speaking of work spaces, Ford also turned the tailgate into an effective work surface with power for tools or electronic devices, flat surfaces for documents and a durable composite surface that can take whatever abuse you throw at it. It’s seriously impressive how Ford has made the Lightning such a crucial asset for any on-location job site.

Another cool feature is the FordPass app, available on Android and iPhone. The FordPass Power My Trip feature helps with trip planning by considering your all-electric vehicle’s current state of charge, live traffic and identifying charging points along your route. The app can also remotely lock, unlock and start the vehicle. With certain trims you can even set up your smartphone to serve as an alternative to traditional keys.

Mega Power Frunk (front trunk).
Mega Power Frunk (front trunk).

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Since the Lightning doesn’t run on gasoline, it allows space for a gigantic Mega Power Frunk (trunk in the front) where the combustion engine would normally be. The giant drainable and locking frunk has 14.1 cubic feet of storage space and 400lbs of payload capacity on certain trims, not to mention power outlets and a cargo management system loaded in there.

With Ford Intelligent Backup Power, it can also offer emergency backup and backup power to homes and job sites.

More importantly, for a filmmaker like me, it can be used as a mobile power source on job sites with the Pro Power Onboard option, which can give your crew up to 9.6 kW of power via 11 outlets! It’s ingenious that Ford thought to make their best-selling F-150 truck even better by making it a more effective tool for the job site and your home using the latest in EV technology.

My excitement over all the features and capabilities of the Ford F-150 Lightning made me wonder why I was so skeptical about pickup trucks. The answer, it turns out, is pretty simple—because there’s never been a truck quite like this one.

Disclaimer: Don’t drive while distracted or while using handheld devices. Use voice-operated systems when possible. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Requires phone with active data service and compatible software. SYNC 4 does not control 3rd party products while in use. 3rd Parties are solely responsible for their respective functionality. See Owner's Manual for detail and limitations. EPA-estimated targeted range of 300 miles. Based on full charge and Extended Range trim.. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health. FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution. Towing and EPA Estimated Fuel Economy Ratings are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously.