Smokin’ Fast 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Ushers in a New Era of EV Pickup Trucks

The nation’s best-selling truck has been transformed into a shockingly quick and capable EV

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning driving at CR's ATC Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

It was like a meeting of the old and the new, of yesterday and tomorrow. I pulled the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning up next to my CR colleague Erik, who was idling in his heavy-duty pickup. We rolled down our windows to talk, but I couldn’t hear a word he was saying over the clatter from his truck’s big diesel engine. So I raised my window back up, stomped hard on the throttle pedal, and felt the thrilling rush of the 775 lb.-ft. of torque from the Lightning’s dual electric motors unleashed all at once. I left Erik and his “oil-burner” behind in the dust as I rocketed away.

With its prodigious power, swift acceleration, and strong towing capacity, and the added benefit of sipping electrons rather than gasoline, the F-150 Lightning is a truck for a new, greener era. With the Lightning, the age of credible EV trucks and their quiet power has officially arrived. 

After a few days spent in an F-150 Lightning Lariat, rented from Ford, we came away impressed. It accelerates with serious force and rides better than any F-150 before it. Yet it’s utterly quiet inside and out, and the majority of the cabin feels very much like that of a “regular” pickup

All Lightning models use a dual-electric-motor setup that gives it standard four-wheel drive. The standard-range version is good for 452 horsepower, 775 lb.-ft. of torque, and a targeted EPA-estimated 240-mile driving range, according to Ford. Models with the extended-range battery have 580 hp, the same torque figure, and a longer 320-mile driving range.

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The Lightning comes only as a four-door crew-cab with a 5.5-foot bed—the most common configuration for full-sized trucks today. The body is more aerodynamic than the regular F-150, giving it a smoother, more futuristic look. The real telltale for higher trims is the horizontal LED front lighting that stretches across the top of the grille. 

Pricing starts at $46,974 for the Pro trim, $59,474 for the XLT, and $74,474 for the Lariat. The extended-range battery tacks on an extra $21,500 to the XLT, and $11,500 onto the Lariat (the extended-range battery isn’t available on the base Pro). The top Platinum, which comes with an extended-range battery, starts at $96,874. Notably, these reflect a recent large increase in the Lightning’s starting prices, with the automaker saying in a press release that “due to significant material cost increases and other factors, Ford has adjusted MSRP starting with the opening of the next wave of F-150 Lightning orders.” We have a Lightning on order and awaiting its arrival for a full test. 

If you’re a Consumer Reports member, the details of our initial expert assessment of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning are available to you below. Once the Lightning we’re buying arrives at our track, we’ll log 2,000 initial break-in miles, then send the electric pickup through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including those that evaluate acceleration, braking, handling, car-seat fit, and controls. CR members will get access to the full road-test results as soon as they’re available. 

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What we rented: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat with extended-range battery
Powertrain: 580-hp, dual electric motors; 1-speed direct-drive; four-wheel drive
MSRP: $85,974
Destination fee: $1,795
Total cost: $87,769

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning interior
The Lightning's cabin has a mix of familiar F-150 switchgear and controls, along with a giant touch screen infotainment system.

Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

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