Ford’s Extended Range F-150 Lightning has a massive 131 kWh battery pack

In a livestream last week, Ford quietly revealed the battery capacities available on its Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup, Auto Evolution reported. For starters, the Standard Range model, with an expected range of 230 miles, will come with a 98 kWh battery pack. Meanwhile, the optional Extended Range version (300 miles targeted) will have a massive 131 kWh battery.

The Standard Range package will be the main offering on the first three of the four versions: the fleet-focused Lightning Pro, the XLT and the Lariat. The Extended Range is optional for the XLT and Lariat and standard on the top-of-the-range Platinum. Ford said the “F-150 Lighting Pro model will be available with the standard battery for retail customers,” but previously said it would be available with the Extended Range option for fleet buyers.

Ford also revealed that the power folding mirrors would only be available on the Lariat and Platinum models, and that the Tough Bed spray-in bedliner will not be standard, but an available option on all finishes. Other options we were already aware of include a powerful 9.6 kW Pro Power system for the first two trim levels (it’s standard on Lariat and Platinum) and a 15.5-inch touchscreen with Sync 4A, available on the upper trim levels.

Ford hasn’t disclosed exact retail prices yet, but it previously said the Standard Range Lightning Pro starts at $39,974 pre-tax benefits for commercial buyers, while the Extended Range model (again only for fleet buyers) starts at $49,974. Retail prices are expected to start at $42,000 and top out at $90,000 for the Platinum model. That’s a lot higher than the base price of $28,000 for an F-150 ICE version, but again, most people pay significantly more than that on average.

Given the large battery sizes, Ford’s prices actually seem surprisingly reasonable. By comparison, Hyundai’s Kona Electric has a much smaller 64 kWh battery and starts at $34,000. We should know the exact F-150 Lightning prices soon, as Ford said in the livestream that order banks would open in January 2022. It currently has 200,000 pre-orders in hand and has recently halted further pre-orders.

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