If you thought Lightning was just supposed to Ford's electric F-150, have they got some news for you.
By next year, Ford's pickup lineup will feature six Lightning models, the newest of which takes aim at the medium-trim level.
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Depending on which trim consumers select, an F-150 Lightning will set you back anywhere from almost $50,000 (Lightning Pro) to almost $100,000 (Lightning Platinum Black). Ford on Tuesday introduced its F-150 Lightning Flash, which expands on the XLT (the $57,495 model that currently precedes it in the lineup) by adding in-demand tech capabilities, including an extended-range battery, which has a targeted EPA-estimated range of 320 miles, available Ford BlueCruise hands-free highway driving, and a standard 15.5-inch touchscreen for seamless interactions and navigation.
"This truck combines many of the technology-forward features our customers love in our EV lineup, at a more accessible price," said Chief Operating Officer of Ford Model e Marin Gjaja. "With an EPA-estimated 320 miles of range, the Lighting Flash is another example of the speed at which we are adapting to grow our EV business."
The F-150 Lightning Flash comes with Ford BlueCruise version 1.2, which includes Lane Change Assist, allowing the driver to change lanes hands-free by tapping the turn signal once the path is clear, and In-Lane Repositioning to help to keep the vehicle in its lane while subtly shifting position away from vehicles in adjacent lanes. Ford expects this to continue to improve over time with software updates. With a new flexible option, customers can choose to activate BlueCruise at any point during their vehicle ownership journey – at purchase, annually or monthly – and use it when they need it. Customers can also try BlueCruise for 90 days from vehicle purchase during a complimentary trial.
F-150 Lightning Flash will come with a $69,995 MSRP – sandwiched between XLT and F-150 Lightning Lariat's $77,495 MSRP.
Additional features include a B&O Sound System with HD Radio (includes 8 speakers and subwoofer); Intelligent Access with push-button start – includes Approach Detection and SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad; wireless charging pad; power tailgate; tailgate step with tailgate work surface; Tow Technology Package, which includes Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Trailer Brake Controller, Smart Hitch, On-Board Scales, Smart Trailer Tow Connection and Trailer Reverse Guidance; and a heat pump to optimize the vehicle’s energy consumption.
F-150 Lightning drivers can access the BlueOval Charge Network, North America’s largest public charging network7 with over 84,000 chargers. Starting next year, F-150 Lightning drivers also will have access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers, making it the largest integrated fast-charge network across the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, Ford EV dealers are also adding public-facing fast-chargers and locations to the BlueOval Charge Network.
F-150 Lightning owners can charge overnight with the available Ford Mobile Charger on a 240V wall outlet. To maximize home charging speed and connected features at home, they can purchase the Ford Connected Charge Station and its on-demand 48 amps of power.