The new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning was unveiled yesterday, and among its numerous impressive features, perhaps the most surprising was its starting price, which is just under $40,000 before destination fees and federal and state tax credits for electric vehicles.
The new all-electric Ford F-150 will be offered in a single body style, the four-door SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed, which is the most common body style in the F-150 lineup. Both Lightning models will feature a dual-motor system and a choice of Standard- or Extended-Range battery packs.
Is it less expensive than a gas-powered Ford F-150?
The sub-$40,000 base model is listed as a commercial-oriented variant of the F-150 Lightning, implying that it will be the range’s workhorse. The good news is that Ford will make the larger Extended-Range battery available even on the base model, enabling customers to fully customize their F-150 Lightning, at least in terms of powertrain.
Ford hasn’t announced the exact specifications of this base model yet – look for it in the coming days – but considering the federal $7,500 electric vehicle rebate and the fact that an F-150 XL SuperCrew with the 3.3-liter V6 starts at $36,650, the new F-150 Lightning is almost certainly going to be cheaper than the comparable gas model. At an estimated $34,000 after federal tax credits, the new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning would be more affordable than the majority of EVs. Additionally, you can qualify for state tax incentives, which further reduce the price.
Ford will sell four trim tiers for the 2022 F-150 Lightning: base, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. Prices for the F-150 Lightning XLT begin at $52,974 MSRP, which includes destination charges and any applicable EV rebates. This remains an extremely competitive price point.
The XLT model will include a power-operated hood, extended Carbon Black running boards, LED projector headlights and taillights with a front light bar, a base 2.4 kW ProPower OnBoard system with eight 120 V outlets across the vehicle, 18-inch alloy wheels, a smaller 12-inch SYNC4 infotainment system with wireless updates and a 360-degree camera, and a 4G-LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to ten
The advertised 9.6 kW Pro Power OnBoard feature is available as an option on the XLT, but comes standard on the Lariat and Platinum models. However, if you want your truck to send electricity to your home in the event of a power outage, you’ll need the 80A Ford Charger Station Pro, the company’s top-of-the-line Level 2 home charging station. The 80A charger comes standard on Extended-Range models and is available as an option on Standard-Range models.
The Lariat trim level adds a power-operated tailgate, a rear LED light bar, and an LED box lighting kit, as well as 20-inch alloy wheels, the latest 15.5-inch portrait-oriented SYNC4A system, a B&O sound system, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go.
Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driver assistance system, along with Active Park Assist 2.0, are available as options on the 2022 F-150 Lightning Lariat, but all are standard on the range-topping Platinum trim. Additionally, the ‘Maximum Trailer Tow Package’ is available on the XLT and Lariat versions, but is standard on the Platinum.
Platinum models also include heated and ventilated Luxury Nirvana leather seats with black Tuxedo stripes, an 18-speaker B&O premium audio system, Phone as a Key functionality, and 22-inch bright-machined alloy wheels.
Ford says the 2022 F-150 Lightning will begin deliveries in spring of next year, with reservations now available on the automaker’s website.