Ford unveils a ‘Pro’ version of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup. It starts at $40,000, is aimed at commercial customers, and can tow up to 7,700 pounds: take a look.

Picture of Ford's F-150 Lightning Pro electric pickup truck
Ford’s F-150 Lightning Pro electric pickup truck

  • Ford on Monday revealed the F-150 Lightning Pro, the newest version of its electric pickup truck.
  • The Lightning Pro is aimed at commercial customers, unlike the F-150 Lightning, which is aimed at the general public.
  • The main difference is that the Pro comes with telematics software so managers can keep track of their vehicle fleet.
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Ford on Monday unveiled the F-150 Lightning Pro, a version of its newly announced electric pickup truck. This version is aimed at businesses.

Ford revealed its first all-electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning, on Thursday. The Lightning starts at $39,974 and its extended-range battery has a driving range of up to 300 miles.

The Lightning Pro is a very similar vehicle, but tweaked to appeal to commercial customers rather than the retail market, according to Ford’s press release. The main difference is that the Pro comes with telematics software so managers can keep track of their fleets and reimburse employees who charge the electric vehicle at home.

Ford's F-150 Lightning Pro electric pickup truck - interior

Ford said commercial businesses could use the lockable space under the hood to store tools, while saving the rear-end cargo bed for other equipment.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro electric pickup truck
You can store tools in the lockable space under the truck’s hood.

The most basic model of the Lightning Pro starts at $39,974, the same as the Lightning, with an estimated range of 230 miles. Models with 300 miles of range will start at $49,974, according to Ford.

Shipments of the Lightning Pro will kick off in 2022, Ford said.

The basic version of the truck will be able to generate 426 horsepower and tow up to 7,700 pounds. It also comes with a 32-amp charger which Ford said makes “the transition affordable for small and medium-size businesses.”

Ford's F-150 Lightning Pro electric pickup truck  towing machinery
The Lightning Pro can pull up to 10,000 pounds with the optional Max Trailer Tow Package.

In comparison, the extended range can pull up to 10,000 pounds with the optional Max Trailer Tow Package, generates up to 563 horsepower, and comes with both an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and onboard dual chargers.

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“F-150 Lightning Pro represents so much more than an electric workhorse – it’s made for commercial customers inside and out, it gets better over time, and it’s totally plugged into always-on services that can help business productivity,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s president and CEO, in the press release.

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Ford’s electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, will debut next month

Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford is resurrecting a 1990s moniker for its upcoming high-tech truck.

  • Ford’s electric pickup truck will be called the F-150 Lightning.
  • It borrows the Lightning moniker from a truck Ford sold in the 1990s.
  • Ford will reveal the F-150 Lightning during an event on May 19.
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Ford has long touted plans to sell an electric version of its top-selling pickup. Now that truck has a name: the F-150 Lightning.

The Blue Oval announced the name on Monday and said the electric pickup will be revealed in full at an event at its Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters on May 19.

The F-150 isn’t just Ford’s best-selling truck, it’s been the top-selling vehicle in the US overall for more than four decades. So for Ford, the electric F-150’s debut isn’t just another run-of-the-mill car reveal. The company is marking the occasion by livestreaming the debut on several platforms and hosting 18 in-person events across the country.

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The Lightning moniker was previously reported by Car & Driver in late April, but this is the first time Ford has confirmed the name. Ford first used the name in the 1990s for a performance version of the F-150 called the SVT F-150 Lightning.

When the F-150 Lightning goes on sale in 2022, it’ll compete with a slew of new electric trucks set to the market in the next couple of years, including the Rivian R1T, GMC’s Hummer EV, Tesla’s Cybertruck, and Lordstown Endurance, to name a few.

Not to mention, General Motors said in April that it’s working on an electric version of its Chevrolet Silverado pickup, which was the second best-selling vehicle in the US in 2020 after the F-150.

The electric F-150’s debut is a major milestone in an ever-accelerating push toward zero-emission vehicles that’s occurring both at Ford and across most of the auto industry at large.

Ford automaker has committed $29 billion toward investments in electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, and it recently began selling its first EV, the Mustang Mach-E SUV. But Ford hasn’t pledged to eliminate combustion-engine cars from its lineup, as many of the world’s largest carmakers have.

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