Ford will start taking orders for its well-liked F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck on Thursday once more. However, the pickup’s base model will now cost about $7,000 more than before.

When the Lightning originally debuted on sale, the Pro model—the entry-level design primarily designed as a straightforward work truckcost roughly $40,000. It now costs around $47,000. Similar price increases apply to more expensive vehicle models, with the most expensive extended range variants costing up to $8,500. The $7,500 federal EV tax credit is currently available to owners of Lightning. (It’s uncertain if the truck will still be qualified in the future as the regulations governing the electric vehicle tax credit are expected to change as a result of new legislation.)

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According to a Ford release, the modification is the result of “substantial material cost hikes and other factors.” Ford stopped taking retail orders at the end of last year because the demand from customers was beginning to exceed the automaker’s capability.

The vehicle has been given a few minor upgrades, though. For example, the base model truck’s EPA-estimated range has increased from 230 miles to 240 miles. Fleet buyers may now choose the Special Vehicle Service Package for the base Pro model, which offers items like “police-grade” high-duty fabric seats.

Additionally, Ford is introducing a new function dubbed Pro Trailer Hitch Assist, which, Ford, directs the truck automatically to make towing a trailer simpler. According to Ford, it will be included in a $1,400 to $2,000 (depending on the particular truck model) Tow Technology Package and will be accessible on even base versions.

Price increases, particularly for electrified vehicles, are not unique to Ford. The cost of the GMC Hummer EV has lately raised by $6,250 thanks to General Motors.

According to Ford, customers who have truck orders in place won’t be required to pay the new, higher price. However, reservation holders who hadn’t received an invitation to place a confirmed order might be required to pay the additional cost.

Although the Ford electric F-150 is the third EV pickup to hit the market, the Model T wasn’t the first either.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Henry Ford created an electric vehicle in the early years of his automobile firm given that he was a colleague and friend of Thomas Edison, the inventor of electricity. Due in large part to the fact that the best-selling Model T was just that, a bestseller, that early EV was never put into production. The Ford F-series is currently America’s best-selling vehicle line, so Ford decided to capitalize on that name with its first electric truck, the F-150 Lightning.

The third F-150 to sport a Lightning insignia is this one. The prior two were performance improvements, and this version is to some extent still one. This F-150 is the most potent by at least two horsepower, with either 452 horsepower with the standard-range battery or 580 horsepower with the extended-range battery (at least until the Raptor R drops in a few months). It also happens to be the heaviest, although, with a curb weight of roughly 6400 pounds, the hi-po Lightning should hit 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. That’s fast enough to unseat the Raptor as the fastest F-150, but Ford will need a Lightning R to compete with the Rivian R1T for the title of the fastest electric truck. (A GMC Hummer EV has not yet been tested.)

It’s not quite as heinous to call this F-150 “Lightning” as to call the Mustang Mach-E, which many people with blue blood cells believe to be sacrilegious. It will be recognized as an F-150 by buyers. But from below, it resembles the Mach-e GT more than any other F-150. All Lightning receives two motors—one on each axle—and a large battery between the frame rails of an F-150 chassis that has been modified, with the trailing arms providing the Lightning with an independent rear suspension being the most significant change. The body is stamped and welded aluminum that is nearly identical. The Lightning receives a sculpted hood, a flat and protected floorpane, new taillights, and a closed-off grille with just a small gap for some heat exchangers.

A huge frunk that can hold 400 pounds, an optional tongue-weight scale, and hands-free BlueCruise driving are just a few of this truck’s parlor tricks, but none are as astonishing as how quickly it accelerates from a stop thanks to 775 pound-feet of immediate torque. When you step on the gas, the front tires begin to spin. In actuality, if you stomp the accelerator at any speed below 50 mph or so, the fronts will spin. As you fill the vehicle up to its 2235-pound maximum cargo, the effect is compounded.

It even handles and feels quite similar to an F-150. A weight balance of 50/50 makes for very good driving behavior. When the bed is empty, head toss is barely noticeable; when filled with 1000 pounds, it virtually disappears. Although the ride can’t quite match the adaptable hardware we’ve come to expect on pickups at this price point with standard coil springs and dampers. No one purchases a pickup truck for its ability to steer, and the Lightning doesn’t lift the standard in that regard, but it does so with ease. A low center of gravity also helps the truck maintain a reasonably level profile when turning.

With a 98.0 kWh battery that provides an EPA range of 230 miles, the entry-level vinyl-lined Pro model has a starting price of $41,769; however, the upgraded extended-range battery offers 131.0 kWh of storage and 320 miles of range. No matter the trim, the larger battery is a $10,000 line item, but only fleet buyers can specify it for the Pro line. The additional $9500 312A equipment package, which also comes with other pricey options like Pro Power Onboard (9.6-kW worth of power outlets in the bed and frunk), power seats, a power tailgate, as well as a heated steering wheel and seats, is necessary for the next-up XLT to choose the extended-range battery. Therefore, an XLT with a cloth interior will cost a minimum of $74,269 for the average Ford buyer who wants 320 miles of range. A leather, hands-free BlueCruise, extended-range Lariat with a huge sunroof costs $5000 extra. The most expensive Platinum model costs $92,669, but due in part to its 22-inch wheels (18s and 20s support other variants) and curb weight that borders on 7000 pounds, it only has a 300-mile EPA range.

Ford’s Charge Station Pro, a $1310 attachment that functions as a charging and energy off-boarding link for your house, is also included with the extended-range battery. You must pay an electrician to install it (or you should), and you must buy and install the $3895 Home Integration System to get the Ford Intelligent Backup Power feature, which can power your home in the case of a utility outage. In short, it will cost you money to use your Lightning as a home-generating proxy.

The extended-range battery has a more potent onboard charger, with a 19.2-kilowatt capacity as opposed to the conventional battery’s 11.3. This results in a level 2 80-amp charging time decrease (from 15 to 100%) of eight hours as opposed to 10 for the conventional arrangement.

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The Lightning’s drawback is that, when equipped with the Max Trailer Pull package, it can tow up to 10,000 pounds, but it can’t do so for very long before needing a recharge. We were traveling at a speed of about 65 mph while towing an 8300-pound boat and trailer, and the onboard trip computer showed that we were getting less than one mile per kilowatt-hour. With a trailer of reasonable size and heft, this places the highway range at somewhere about 100 miles. That means that due to how quickly charging slows down as you approach a full battery, you wouldn’t want to travel more than 80 or so miles in between fill-ups of a DC fast charger. Ford claims that Lightning can recharge its battery from 15 to 80 percent with a 150 kW charger in 44 minutes for the small battery and 41 minutes for the big battery. When towing, the Lightning is not overtaxed—quite the reverse. With regen and the built-in trailer-brake controller reliably slowing the rig, it tows a load fairly nicely. Simply put, it’s not very useful. This winter, we can already picture the I-75 recharge stations being backed up with Lightning towing snowmobile trailers.

Without a question, Ford will sell a tonne of F-150 Lightning. It asserts to have more than 200,000 bookings, many of which are from people who haven’t used the pickup service before. The vehicle is pretty much ideal for many folks who use pickups as their daily drivers and whose notion of hauling a huge load is a $400 Costco run or a foursome’s golf clubs in the 5.6-foot bed. However, the current infrastructure might not be adequate if you already own a truck and intend to regularly use a sizable portion of the Lighting’s capacity. Ford is not responsible for this. The infrastructure is always expanding and changing, just like the demand for new cars. Now, Ford, please refrain from using the Mach 1 nameplate on an electric scooter or making the following GT a return to sedans.

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