Ford F-150 Lightning Specs, Price and Release Date

Ford's F-150 Lightning truck, the first all-electric model from its F-series, was unveiled Wednesday, May 19, at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Dubbed "the smartest, most innovative truck Ford has ever built," the company's latest model will be available from spring 2022 at a starting price of $39,974 MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price).

Key specifications

The truck's zero emission propulsion system offers a range of features from "near instant torque to intelligent towing, seamless connectivity to software updates," and the model has "a digital screen that's larger than any currently offered on a full-size truck," the company said.

"Near instantaneous" torque

The F-150 Lightning can reach "563 horsepower, 775 pound-foot of near instantaneous torque–more than any F-150 ever–and a 0-60 miles per hour time in the mid-4-second range when equipped with an extended-range battery, based on typical industry methodology," Ford notes.

Its standard-range model with 18-inch wheels can hold a maximum 2,000 pounds of payload. Its XLT and Lariat trucks with the "extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Package" come with a maximum 10,000 pounds of available towing capacity.

"The low center of gravity brings even more confident handling whether traveling along rain-slicked roads or through sand," Ford says.

Powers your home

In addition to connecting to your house when it needs to be recharged, the F-150 Lightning can also power your home if the lights go out "even without the push of a button" via its Intelligent Backup Power feature. It can provide "full-home power for up to three days on a fully charged battery, or as long as 10 days if rationing power," Ford says.

Certain terms and conditions apply and "your results may vary depending on energy usage," it adds.

Hands-free driving and access

The truck's BlueCruise feature "allows for true hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of pre-qualified divided highways in the U.S. and Canada," enabled by its "driver-facing camera and radar-sensing technologies," the company says.

Drivers can also start and access their F-150 Lightning without having to get their phone out via the truck's Phone As A Key feature, available on select vehicles.

"When activated, this allows customers to lock, unlock and start their truck without taking their phone out of their pocket or using a key fob," the company said.

See the Ford website for full specifications for the F-150 Lightning truck.

Price and release date details

The MSRP of the F-150 Lightning ranges from $39,974 up to around $90,474.

"The entry model starts at $39,974 MSRP (commercial-oriented)," while the "more-equipped mid-series (XLT) starts at $52,974 MSRP, offering additional comfort and technology," Ford says.

Customers can fill out a reservation form online for orders for the F-150 Lightning. The first shipments will begin spring 2022, while orders can be placed from the fall 2021.

"A reservation lets you configure and be among the first to order a new F-150 Lightning from Ford with a refundable Reservation Deposit. It is not an actual order and does not guarantee delivery," Ford explains.

Ford's F-150 Lightning truck unveiled in Michigan
Ford's new F-150 Lightning truck unveiled at their headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on May 19. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images