When you look at the Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat, you probably think “finally a proper electric car” and think of that famous internet image of a bowl full of bacon aptly labeled “gluten-free diet.”
Yes, this is exactly the case with an electric Ford utility vehicle with an aluminum body and body, which alone weighs less than three tons as a complete set, has a gigantic traction battery, all-wheel drive, offers a huge living space and maybe even vulgar consumption.
At a glance, you can clearly identify the battery-powered model from the classic F150 by its unique appearance, especially the front strip of daytime running lights running across the entire hood looks very rough, so when you drive someone’s car at night, they feel like the devil himself is sitting behind the wheel of the car. And how often is he right.
Don’t look for a radiator grille here, there isn’t one, just a structured area covering the front. Wondering what’s under the hood? One of the coolest things about this model – the storage space! The front “frunk”, as such a trunk is called, offers a volume of 400 l, so you can put a lot of things and luggage inside. And if you buy a cover for the rear trunk, count on a volume of less than 1,500 liters according to American standards.
In addition, you don’t have to scratch the bed in any way, because you can lower its lid, which includes a meter, etc., electrically, then remove the boarding step and the supporting telescopic rod. In the style of Dr. Gregory House so you can comfortably step onto the bed, where you will also find electrical sockets for connecting tools or other appliances. If we have to evaluate the body in one word, we can only write “brilliant”!
Otherwise, even the rear lamps are combined to create a modern effect, and despite the car’s electric drive, there is no lack of a spare wheel or side skirts. Structurally, we can also talk about the heavily redesigned rear axle, which hosts the rear electric motor. So the Ford F-150 Lightning still stands on a frame, but modified to carry a large battery pack.
It is also worth mentioning the suspension, which is reinforced as standard, as well as the independent suspension for both axles. Furthermore, the towing capacity, which in the United States is a maximum of around 4,500 kg for the tested specification, usually called a doublecab in our country.
Inspiration from the Mustang
The interior is similar to the classic F-150 with the difference being the central touchscreen, which the Lightning took over from the also all-electric Mustang Mach-E. So it is a vertical display with a new SYNC interface and a control wheel in the middle.
It’s not here for show, but it does have a pretty practical function. You can not only use it to regulate the audio, for example, but after clicking on the heated seats, you can choose the intensity by turning it. And so it is also for other selected functions, which are set in stages in some way.
The interface itself evokes inspiration from Tesla, only with far more options. However, the software is ultimately easy to use and, after a while of learning, friendly and clear. In short, you often just unclick functions in the “I want, I don’t want” style.
Apart from this “touch mania”, the car adheres to the motto “every other function has its own button”, therefore there is no lack of a controller for adjustable pedals, additional lighting to the side or a selector operating the assistant for towing trailers.
Even in the electric version, you won’t be deprived of a wide armrest, where you can fit shopping from the convenience store, in other words, a folding gear lever, so that the armrest can be transformed into a small, straight work table. In short, the features of the classic combustion F-150 have been transferred to the electric version, including storage spaces under the rear seats, a sliding rear window or drawers in the interior.
In addition, there is plenty of space all around, even for passengers in the back. In the Ford F-150 Lightning, you can really spread out like a master, and in other words, sleep peacefully in the back seats. In short, it’s America in spray paint.
The dark side of electromobility
And now finally to the ride, which is an experience in itself. Who remembers Darth Vader’s famous line from Star Wars “feel the power of the dark side”, translated as “feel the power of the dark side”, yes, the F-150 Lightning is on the dark side of electromobility. And maybe that’s why she’s so good.
That is, with a power of 580 metric horses (588 of our mares) and a force of 1,050.7 Nm, you won’t feel bad during acceleration, but your brain and the brains of those around you will have to process what the hell is going on, that almost three-ton shoebox the giant Wheelbarrow flies so insanely fast.
The knock of the car under full throttle is quite noticeable, the huge twister can demonstrate the power of the electric drive in an exemplary way and put a smile on your face. We think even detractors of battery-powered vehicles would eventually be able to respect the F-150 Lightning, as its attributes are quite refined.
The electric F-150 is a steroid-laced bodybuilder on a vegan diet against the often funny mini-electric cars. But still he has muscles like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime.
Another darkness of the car are the already mentioned batteries, which in the tested variant with extended range have a capacity of 131 kWh. Oh yes, a third more than the Tesla Model X, almost double the Skoda Enyaq and five times more compared to the first Nissan Leaf. Considering the giant battery full of expensive products, you can certainly understand that this car is not very “eco”.
And not even the range, because in winter on R20 winter tires with economical driving under the limits, you will get a consumption of 34 kWh per hundred, which is a crazy number, and the winter range is then a maximum of some 380 km. But we are really talking about leisurely travel.
As soon as you start to use the available power a little more, you accelerate especially on highways, so the average consumption indicator rises to 40 kWh, easily even to 45 kWh per hundred. Well, we are at most less than 300 km on one full charge.
In addition, you have to take into account that due to Czech legislation, the car is limited to 3.5 tons, therefore due to its own weight, the towing device and the five-seater arrangement, you will have less than 400 kilograms left for the load itself with the tested specification.
However, you probably won’t buy an electric F-150 for any long distances with a boat in tow, since we have available six- or eight-cylinder models. The electric F-150 will be a decoration of the roads in the Czech Republic, a representative for the theater, a perfect partner for the mountains or an enviable mom taxi that will take the children to school even in those cases when the apocalypse is raging outside and even four-wheelers from Subaru will fit in.
Fun mastodon with bugs
The Lightning is really a mastodon, and if you can use its power, get ready for a really fun car, but as an electric car it doesn’t make any sense in our area. But you don’t really mind because you just have to have it because you simply want it. In addition, like the combustion F-150, this mobile barn has only two faults – it eats and there is no place to park it, which is sometimes a struggle even with chargers.
When it comes to charging (it can handle DC up to 150 kW), you must have recognized that it is an overseas version, however, charging works perfectly here through reductions, so you can feed the car at both AC and DC stations, i.e. also from the socket, however that is more emergency due to battery capacity/consumption.
The Ford F-150 Lightning model is brought to the Czech Republic by Ford AMB, which has its showroom in Ořech, Prague. As it is an individual import/approval, sales, warranty and service are governed by the terms of AMB, not Ford as such. The F-150 Lightning with lower power and a smaller battery is officially sold in Norway, but few other service providers will have “notes” for it in the Czech Republic. So it is a certain “tax” for exclusivity.
The question will certainly arise as to what to do with the info system, navigation, map materials and remote control using an application, however the specialists from AMB have a remedy for this in the form of playing the software for the European type, where everything works as it should. Optionally, the car has compatibility with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto.
The price of a new piece from AMB ranges from 2.6 to 3.0 million crowns including VAT, depending on the equipment. The tested new piece in the second highest Lariat equipment (translated as a lasso intended for catching game) is currently also sold for 2.6 million crowns including tax. And since it is category N1, you can get a state subsidy of up to CZK 250,000 for the car, combined with a loan of up to CZK 2 million.
|2x electric motor
|580 HP (588 k)
|1 050,7 Nm
|permanent reduction gear
|all four wheels
|2,885 kg (base model)
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h
|around 4 seconds
|up to 515 km
|usable 131 kWh
|AC 9.6 kW, DC 150 kW
|Wheels and tires
|5 910/2 123/1 988 mm
|3 695 mm
|Cargo space volume
|400 + 1 495 l