buying How the Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Truck Is so Darn Cheap
The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor’s Easter Eggs Cracked Open, Unscrambled
Childhood is full of scavenger hunts, and car enthusiasts never really grow up all the way, so automakers love to add little details in their products for the kid in all of us to find over the course of ownership. These are usually reserved for a brand’s most special lifestyle products, which makes the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor a ripe target for including cheeky nods to its namesake and heritage. Your browser does not support this video Here are the four hidden Easter Eggs to be found on the third-generation high-performance pickup truck.A Link to the F-22 RaptorThis is the most high-tech Raptor Easter Egg Ford included on the truck.
caught our attention for two reasons: it is , and it's set to wear a starting price of $41,669 when it goes on sale in May 2022.
Weeks after the, people are still talking about it, thanks to its relatively affordable pricing and solid performance. In fact, the Lightning is set to take the title as the quickest F-150 model thanks to its estimated 4.4-second 0-60-mph time. Credit the truck's two electric motors, which provide 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. The Lightning's well as its extended-range battery pack, meanwhile, offers an estimated driving range of 300 miles on a single charge.
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How, then, didmanage to make the Lightning so affordable?
The F-150 Lightning's Been a Long Time Coming
We were surprised to learn that Ford has long wanted to do an electric truck but needed a higher density battery than those it had available. "We could do passenger vehicles, not trucks," Darren Palmer, Ford's general manager for electric vehicles, said at the Reuters Car of the Future 2021 conference.
The Lightning relies on a pouch-style lithium-ion battery pack and the high-density cells use a nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode chemistry with particularly low cobalt loading. Ford shopped around before going with SK Innovation, which is building a new battery cell plant in Georgia., with plans to manufacture the key components itself in the future.
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It's All About Scale
To reach its target starting price for the Lightning, Ford is leveraging the clout of the F-150—the best-selling truck for 44 years. The key to transforming a legacy business is to play to its strengths, Palmer said, which in Ford's case is scale.
The Lightning has much in common with the regular F-150, including the overall dimensions of its cab and bed. It also uses the same seats and gearshift that folds out of the way to make room for a workspace between the seats. By keeping the Lightning's cargo box dimension's the same as other F-150s, Ford affords gas- and diesel-powered F-150 owners the opportunity to transfer their accessories and tools to the Lightning, should they choose to buy the electric truck.
Ford’s Electric Truck Is First F-150 With Independent Rear Suspension
The electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning fully ditches the full-size pickup’s internal combustion engine, leaving in its place a frunk—you know, a front trunk. The amazing frunk is perhaps the most obvious visual result of the F-150’s electric transformation, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wholescale changes that Ford had to incorporate underneath the bodywork. A change in the F-150's rear suspension was one of these monumental modifications necessitated by electrification.
is an entry-level trim designed for commercial customers who replace about 15 percent of their fleet annually. Palmer said the same telematics from other F-150s carries over to the electric work truck.
Future Ford EVs Will Share Components
Ford plans to build new electric vehicle components (such as batteries, motors, control units, inverters, and chargers) to scale, and it will spread these items across a number of its upcoming electric vehicles. Even better for Ford is the fact the company is making many of these new components in-house.
Additional savings come courtesy of Ford's decision to expand the Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, which already makes other F-150 variants. The addition of a production line for the Lightning also allows Ford to tinker with the truck's trim-specific features, such as its skateboard-like chassis and independent rear suspension. "We could modify the frame and still get a good price from suppliers," Palmer said.
How Much Does it Cost to Charge an Electric Car? .
When shoppers are considering the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle (EV), one of the first questions they ask is, "how much does it cost to charge?" While it's easy to answer that question for a gas-powered car by looking at its fuel economy and your gas station receipt, it gets a bit more complicated for an electric car. If you're charging from a home charging station, the cost of charging an electric vehicle is based on the vehicle'sIf you're charging from a home charging station, the cost of charging an electric vehicle is based on the vehicle's energy efficiency and the cost of electricity, which can vary greatly depending on where you're charging.