2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup starts production April 26.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has been in pre-production since last fall, but from April 26 the first customer examples of full-size electric pickup trucks will begin to line up.

Pre-production vehicles are usually used for final testing as well as certification and registration purposes. They give plant workers the opportunity to eliminate any problems before creating the first customer example.

F-150 Lightning is being built at Ford’s Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan, which has been churning Ford pickups since 1948. It was here that Henry Ford refined the running assembly line and scaled the model.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production

The F-150 Lightning batteries are sourced from the Rosenville Components plant and the electric drive units are sourced from the Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center. Both sites are located in Michigan.

Note that Ford Electric is not the first to start production of pickup trucks. EV startup Rivian started production of the 2022 R1T last autumn, and General Motors followed suit somewhat after starting production of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV.

A big advantage of the F150 Lightning’s R1T (and Hummer EV) is the starting price of $ 39,974. The R1T currently starts at around $ 80,000, although lower priced versions are due in 2024 and GMC is even more expensive.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

Ford’s price shock reservations have flown. The automaker has more than ,000 200,000 for F-150 lighting, and has consequently invested millions more and added hundreds of additional jobs to the Rouge plant to increase capacity to 150,000 units a year, almost four times the original target.

The F-150 Lightning is launched with standard four-wheel drive. The two electric motors, one of each Excel, are powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack with a combined output of 426 hp with a standard-range battery or 563 hp with a long-range unit. In both cases the maximum torque is 775 pound-feet. An EPA-estimated range of trucks with standard-range batteries targets 230 miles. The extended-range battery boosts the estimate to 320 miles. A rear-wheel-drive model will arrive at a later date, and the starting price may be lower.

There are currently four grades available, including a commercial-based work truck, as well as regular XLT, Lariat, and Platinum grades. The base price for a work truck is $ 39,974 while XLT grades start at $ 52,974. Lightning is only available with 5-foot-5-inch beds and currently a full four-door crew cab configuration.

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