It runs the company’s own Sync 4A operating system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Alexa, but in 2023 Lightning will instead come with Google’s Android Automotive — a superior system in our opinion, and 2022 The inability to upgrade the 2019 model is sure to disappoint early adopters.
Like many trucks, the cabin is outfitted with thoughtful amenities. The tailgate integrates rulers and clips for sawing wood, as well as a pen holder, bottle opener, and a deployable step and handle. These are small details, but still evidence of a product that has outsold any competitor for nearly half a century.
One of the biggest features of Lightning is the power connection. The base model puts out up to 2.4 kW, while the mid-range Lasso and flagship Platinum models put out 9.6 kW, of which 2.4 kW is available from a socket in the front trunk. Or in Ford’s words, the Mega Power Frunk. Compared to the internal combustion engine, the compactness of the electric motor brings huge benefits, and the trunk is large with a capacity of 400 liters and a maximum carrying capacity of 180 kg. It’s weatherproof and even has a drain hole so it can be filled with ice and used as a mobile beverage cooler.
A simple concept—though now the largest, far from being the first frunk in the EV market—the creation of the Mega Power Frenk was described by Darren Palmer, Ford’s vice president of EV programs, as “extremely difficult, and the most difficult thing we have in this vehicle.” Hard things are done on the truck.” Palmer here is referring to the relocation of auxiliary systems such as radiators, suspension, etc., when in fact this represents more than just the use of the space left by the removal of the engine.
The cabin features two 120-volt outlets, six USB ports and a wireless phone charger, while the trunk has a pair of 120-volt outlets and two USB ports, and the bed has four 120-volt outlets and one 240-volt outlet. These can be used to power circular saws, air compressors, generators, drills, and floodlights—or TVs, music systems, small refrigerators, or even hot tubs for camping or tailgating.