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Five stats that explain why Ford's electric F-150 is a really big deal

Ford's Lightning truck is more than just another high-powered EV.

Ford’s newly unveiled all-electric F-150 isn’t the first electric truck, it’s not even the most feature-rich, but it's got something that no other big, honkin’, next-gen battery-powered pickup has...

It’s a Ford.

As we highlighted in our initial coverage of the Lightning, the F-150 is America’s favorite truck, so just by virtue of both brand and model recognition, this thing is a big deal — I mean, for context, President Joe Biden drove one the day before its launch and loved it.

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But it’s not all just name recognition. The Lightning also has some pretty alluring specs to back it up.

Here’s the Lightning’s appeal in 5 key stats...

$40K

The Lightning will debut at a relatively accessible price point.

The Lightning’s reliance on electricity instead of gas may be the reason why the truck is making a splash, but the price is arguably just as important.

Ford says the Lightning will start at about $40,000, making it among the most affordable high-powered EVs out there and perfectly positioned to compete with Tesla’s unreleased Cybertruck which is slated to start at around the same price point.

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3 days

Ford's next gen F-150 can power a house for about three days.

The Lightning’s battery is good for more than just fueling your trips to the lumber yard, or whatever it is people do with a pickup. Ford says its formidable battery pack can also reverse charge stuff — big stuff — like, um, an entire house for example. For three days! Maybe longer if you can postpone Laser Light Show Club.

4.5

From 0-60 mph in less than five seconds.

With great power comes... great acceleration. With 563 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque the electric F-150 can go from 0-60 mph in about 4.5 seconds depending on how much it’s carrying.

All that power and size does come at a cost, however. The longest range version of the truck will max out at 300 miles-per-charge, while the standard version will get about 230 miles.

563 hp

A whole lotta' horses.

This thing really has some juice, which makes the Lightning notable among current-gen EVs, and also critical for actually making the truck marketable to folks that would be interested in buying an F-150 in the first place.

10,000 lbs

A maxed out version of the Lightning can haul a lot of bird seed. Or a boat. Whichever is more your speed.

Speaking of Ford F-150-ness, the Lightning is also capable of hauling up to 10,000 lbs, though you’ll have to shell out for a mid- to high-spec model to make that happen. The standard variety can handle a paltry 2,000 lbs in comparison. Barely enough to tow your beloved Pacific Walrus!

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