Last week, Ford revealed the F-150 Lightning, its long-awaited electric pickup truck. At the start of the new work week, the automaker offered up some information about the entry-level versions of the F-150 Lighting, which it is targeting at the commercial market. This version will be called the F-150 Lightning Pro.
The standard-range F-150 Lightning Pro can travel approximately 230 miles on a single charge and, as we found out last week, will cost $39,974 before incentives or tax credits.
What we didn’t know was how much of a premium Ford would charge for the extended-range version. This model is capable of about 300 miles on a single charge and will be supplied with a 240 V, 80 A charger (called the Charge Station Pro) that can fill the battery to 100 percent in eight hours. As it turns out, the electric pickup with the bigger battery will go on sale at $49,974 before incentives and tax credits.
“More than 145 million miles of telematics data show that for the average F-150 commercial customer in the US, 95 percent of their daily travel is less than 174 miles,” said Ted Cannis, general manager, Ford North America commercial business. “Commercial customers track their business expenses closely—they buy what they need and not a penny more.”
Ford is creating an online tool for fleet managers and other commercial customers to calculate the cost of going electric, factoring in “purchase and lease costs, federal and regional tax incentives, and regional fuel and energy costs.” The company says that when the F-150 Lightning Pro starts deliveries next year, it will be supported by 644 electric vehicle-certified Ford Commercial Vehicle Centers around the country as well as Ford’s 2,300 EV-certified dealerships.
As you might expect, the F-150 Lightning Pro has to do without some of the bells and whistles of the more expensive consumer-focused versions. Instead of the 15-inch Sync 4A infotainment system, there’s a 12-inch version running Sync 4. And the seats are upholstered in hard-wearing vinyl to better resist the rigors of the job site (or accidents at the drive-thru).
But the F-150 Lightning Pro still boasts many of the same cool features as the more expensive versions, like 2.4 kW onboard AC power outlets (with an option to upgrade to 9.6 kW), Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite of advanced driver assistance systems (although not its Blue Cruise hands-free system), and also a telematics system that can coach drivers to be more efficient, as well as notifying the fleet operator if the vehicle has been in a crash and deployed its airbags.
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