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Ford F-150 Lightning first drive: quiet storm


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SOURCE: https://www.theverge.com/23065908/ford-f150-lightning-electric-truck-first-drive-specs-road-bluecruise
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Summary

The advantages of the frunk are just one of many noteworthy things about the F-150 Lightning, Ford’s hotly anticipated electrified pickup truck. Most people who buy a Ford F-150 Lightning (those who are lucky enough to actually get one) won’t have many opportunities to drive it up near-vertical rocky paths, or through knee-deep puddles of mud, or even on twisty surface roads while towing an 8,000-pound motorboat. On surface roads, the F-150 Lightning handles like a very sporty truck, much like its namesake. (A running joke over the course of the two-day trip was that Ford missed out on an opportunity to revive the original Lightning as a smaller, sportier electric pickup.) That said, it’s easy to forget you’re driving a 6,500-pound vehicle thanks to the truck’s low center of gravity. I’ve driven a lot of EVs but not a lot of trucks, and the combination of power, acceleration, and size of the F-150 Lightning was thrilling — and even a little unsettling. Ford didn’t provide us with any opportunities to charge the F-150 Lightning, so I can’t speak to the time it takes to repower the battery. The real standout charging feature is exclusive to the extended range versions: Ford is selling a new 80-amp home charging station that not only fully charges the F-150 Lightning in eight hours but allows owners to easily power their entire home for around three days — or even up to 10 days with minimal usage — in the event of a power outage.The ability to draw power from the battery pack isn’t limited to these extreme scenarios, though. Ford began playing with this idea of turning a vehicle into a mobile generator of sorts with the F-150 hybrid, but the higher trims of the F-150 Lightning will offer even more onboard power, and they won’t use gas to generate it. That’s not only a great feature for anyone who needs power on the go, but it could be a huge benefit for fleet operators or small businesses looking to go green.On my first day driving the F-150 Lightning, I got to experience Ford’s hands-free driver assistance system, BlueCruise. On certain divided highways (Ford says it works on “over 100,000 miles”), F-150 Lightning drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel and feet off the pedals, while infrared sensors mounted in the dash monitor their eyes to ensure they stay focused on the road ahead. (Ford insists this includes 80 percent of its customers.) Unfortunately, most people won’t get to experience the F-150 Lightning’s unique charms — at least, not this year.

As said here by Andrew J. Hawkins