- I examined the electrical Ford F-150 Lightning within the Texas geographical region.
- It is a nice truck throughout, however its easiest characteristic is its entrance trunk, sometimes called a frunk.
- The Lightning’s frunk is huge, simple to get right of entry to, and provides energy shops and USB ports.
Ford’s new electrical F-150 gives a boatload of recent advantages over the corporate’s gas-powered truck.
The F-150 Lightning, in spite of its heft, guarantees to hurry to 60 mph in simply over 4 seconds. It may possibly percentage electrical energy from its massive battery pack with home equipment, tailgating equipment, or, within the tournament of a blackout, an proprietor’s house.
And whilst automated backup energy is usually a lifesaver in an emergency, it’s not one thing house owners will use every day. For higher or worse, it isn’t an ability I were given to look in motion once I spent a few days trying out the Lightning previous in Might.
What I did get to make use of — and what I am satisfied is the Lightning’s largest characteristic — is its entrance trunk. Ford calls it the Mega Energy Frunk, which is a very foolish identify for an especially helpful characteristic.
Like most current electrical automobiles, the F-150 Lightning’s underlying construction seems roughly like a large electrical skateboard. Its motors are fastened down through its axles and its battery sits in its abdominal. This implies Ford can do a laugh issues with the entire house that’s not occupied through a standard engine.
Pop the Lightning’s “hood,” and you can discover a beneficiant shipment house that is better than the trunk of a Toyota Corolla. After all, vehicles be offering quite a lot of space for storing as it’s. That is roughly the entire level. However pickups have usually lacked really extensive weather-proof, lockable garage, and the frunk provides simply that.
It isn’t most effective spacious — in a position to hauling round a couple of carry-ons and a most of 400 kilos — however simple to get right of entry to.
The entire grille house lifts up, revealing a loading surface that is low sufficient for just about any person to make use of. By the use of comparability, the Rivian R1T, every other electrical pickup, has extra of a standard hood, so you want to decrease shipment into it from above. Which may be tricky for smaller other folks.
Believe you are touring with 4 other folks and a number of motorcycles or tenting equipment within the mattress. An additional trunk for baggage and smaller pieces could be greater than welcome. Or, imagine that some house owners may love to stay issues of their truck completely, however now not have them uncovered within the mattress.
And the frunk gives any other cool extras.
There is further under-floor garage with a drain hollow, so house owners can fill the frunk with ice or hose it down. A detachable panel doubles as a divider that may stay groceries from sliding round. There are a handful of hooks and tie-down issues for securing shipment.
The aforementioned “Mega Power” comes within the type of a USB ports and tool shops constructed into the frunk’s wall, opening up chances like charging gadgets or energy equipment whilst at the cross.
0 tailpipe emissions and brisk acceleration are cool and all. However I may just see the Lightning’s frunk being the issue that pushes some extra hesitant patrons over the brink. And even if I will right away see how helpful the frunk may well be, long term Lightning house owners will certainly get a hold of plenty of cutting edge makes use of no one anticipated.