Ford unveils the F-150 Lightning Pro

This is for the professionals who wouldn't want to sacrifice on form or function. Ford should pay me for that line!

Precisely five days ago, the Blue Oval revealed its first-ever, all-electric pickup truck in the form of the F-150 Lightning. Well, to say the very least, it has been welcomed by not only the Americans but the entire world, with open arms. So much so, that it raked in more than 44,500 orders within two days of its reveal! Now, if that is not a statement, I don’t know what ever will be. Nevertheless, we know that the F-150 pickup truck is especially dear to all those who go to work, so, to make it one better, I present you the F-150 Lightning Pro…

It’s built for the sole purpose of all the commercial customers, and bears a huge number of similarities to its standard F-150 Lightning sibling, of course. The Lightning Pro can be had in two versions – one that produces 426hp and 775 lb-ft of torque, and the more powerful version which can make 563hp. While the base spec has 230 miles of range, a towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds, and a payload capacity of 2,000 lbs, the more powerful version can tow up to 10,000 pounds and offer 300 miles of range.

Both the variants have a 5.5-foot cargo bed that sports similar dimensions to the regular F-150 and also has several mounting points to make uplifting that easier, according to your business needs. Additionally, you get the Mega Power Frunk (a front trunk you know, in place of the mammoth engine) which is a lockable front storage area offering 14.1 cubic feet of storage in a water-tight compartment and a 400-pound carrying capacity. It has 2.4kW of power via four outlets, while the bed too, has two additional outlets.

With Ford’s 9.6-kilowatt Pro Power Onboard, potential buyers can get more power additional power tools that the American giant claims can “rip up to 30 miles of half-inch plywood on a single charge of the extended-range battery” and adds two more 120V power outlets to the bed and a 240-volt AC outlet.

Telemetry is another clever part of the F-150 Lightning Pro – onboard scales in the vehicle can monitor payload, provide accurate range estimates, and can keep a record of the power, schedule charging, and even alert of crashes through the truck’s onboard systems. The Intelligent Range System can also factor in weather, terrain, cargo, and trailer road, so that you never run out of power on the way home which, Ford claims, reduce scheduled maintenance by 40% throughout 100,000 miles. Oh, the much-better version of the F-150 Lightning, then.

Now, charging: you get 48- and 80-amp chargers for overnight Level 2 charging, as well as a standard home charger, so that you don’t have to reroute to find that ideal charging station. Moreover, with the 150-kW DC fast charging capability, drivers can charge their Lightning Pro(s) from 15-80% within 45 minutes, which, again as per Ford, is “less than the average lunch break”.

The F-150 Lightning Pro will only be sold in one body style – the five-passenger SuperCrew configuration and 5.5-foot load bed. Inside the cabin, you get vinyl seats so that cleaning is much easier, Ford’s SYNC 4 system is standard sporting a 12-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity. The Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite of driver assists are also available to ensure the safety of both, the drivers and cargo.

Registrations have already opened, with the arrival expected next year. 2,300 EV-certified dealers will be there to help service the vehicle and will also be supported by 644 EV-certified Ford Commercial Vehicle Centers when it arrives in the summer of next year. Prices for the Lightning Pro start at $39,974 for the base version and $49,974 for the more powerful, 300-mile version.

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Chirag Khanna

I can look at the headlights of a car and can tell which car it is. I am an automobile and motorsports (specializes in F1) geek, for starters. For the main-course, I write.

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