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Ford’s F-150 Lightning
Ford has revealed some particulars on its upcoming electrical F-150 pickup, a key product in its electrification technique.
The all-electric variant of Ford’s greatest promoting pickup mannequin shall be constructed at a brand new high-tech facility at Ford’s Rouge Complicated in Dearborn, Michigan and Ford says it plans market launch within the spring of 2022.
The electrical F-150 shall be known as the ‘F-150 Lightning’ and can include an electrical powertrain – twin in-board motors – delivering as much as 563 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque – probably the most torque of any F-150 ever, Ford says. It would include four-wheel drive as commonplace together with the all aluminium alloy physique used on the combustion engine model, however with a brand new impartial rear suspension and a brand new metal ladder body described as utilizing the ‘strongest metal ever put in an F-150 body’.
There is a claimed 0-60 mph time within the ‘mid-4-second vary’ when geared up with the extended-range battery and Ford additionally says that on a 150-kilowatt DC quick charger, the extended-range F-150 Lightning is focused to rise up to 54 miles of vary in 10 minutes and cost from 15% to 80% % in about 41 minutes.
F-150 drivers will obtain a FordPass notification if their truck’s battery falls beneath one-third of its complete vary, and so they can set the truck to cease utilizing Professional Energy Onboard if the battery stage approaches the gap to the closest charging station. By way of lithium-ion battery functionality, the F-150 Lightning affords two choices: a ‘standard-range battery concentrating on 230 miles of EPA-estimated vary and an extended-range battery concentrating on 300 miles of EPA-estimated vary’.
Ford says the F-150 Lightning affords clever options that enhance over time by way of over-the-air software program updates. The FordPass app gives seamless entry to charging stations and distant automobile controls whereas accessible ‘BlueCruise’ affords ‘true hands-free driving on the freeway’.
“For each Ford and the American auto business, F-150 Lightning represents a defining second as we progress towards a zero-emissions, digitally related future,” mentioned Invoice Ford, government chair, Ford Motor Firm. “F-Collection is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, the spine of labor throughout the nation, and a trusted icon for generations of shoppers. Now we’re revolutionizing it for a brand new technology.”
Ford additionally says the electrical platform unlocks new capabilities as nicely, reminiscent of sufficient vitality to energy a complete dwelling (there is a functionality to dump 9.6 kilowatts of energy to energy dwelling home equipment) and a big lockable ‘frunk’ (entrance trunk that serves as engine bay on ICEs).
With Ford Clever Backup Energy, enabled by the accessible 80-amp Ford Cost Station Professional and residential administration system Ford will help set up, F-150 Lightning will routinely kick in to energy the client’s home within the occasion of an influence minimize (‘outtage’). As soon as energy is restored, the truck routinely reverts to charging its battery. Primarily based on a mean 30kWh of use per day, Ford says the F-150 Lightning with extended-range battery gives full-home energy for as much as three days, or so long as 10 days if energy is rationed, with outcomes various based mostly on vitality utilization.
Sooner or later, Ford says it’ll introduce Ford Clever Energy, which may use the truck to energy properties throughout high-cost, peak-energy hours whereas profiting from low-cost in a single day charges to cost the automobile in time for the client’s morning drive. This will help get monetary savings on electrical energy that powers your automobile and residential whereas additionally taking strain off the grid in peak utilization instances, Ford maintains.
Ford can be teaming up with a solar energy firm, Sunrun, to facilitate ‘straightforward set up’ of the 80-amp Ford Cost Station Professional and residential integration system. Via this collaboration, Ford says its prospects may even have the chance to put in photo voltaic vitality on their dwelling, enabling them to energy their family with clear, reasonably priced vitality and cost their F-150 Lightning with the ability of the solar.