The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT.

I took Ford’s all-electric F-150 pickup truck off-roading. 
I’m a mediocre off-roader, but the F-150 Lightning filled in for my lack of skills. 
All F-150 Lightnings have all-wheel drive, an off-road driving mode, and tons of torque. 

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to driving off-road, I have almost no idea what I’m doing. 

On pavement, I’m solid. Above average even. But put me face to face with scary ruts and big boulders and I regress into a shaky 16-year-old with a learner’s permit. 

I’m learning. Slowly. But at this point, I’m basically winging it. So trust me when I say that Ford’s new electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning, makes venturing off the beaten path remarkably easy and fun. During a recent off-pavement jaunt at a Ford media event, the truck’s helpful tech and ample power more than offset my mediocrity and made me feel like an off-roading pro. 

What makes the Lightning good off-road?

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT.

The Lightning isn’t designed to be a hardcore off-road truck for the most unforgiving terrain. For that, you’re better off with its gasoline-powered, steroid-injected cousin, the F-150 Raptor. But the Lightning still has what it takes to hit some trails. 

For starters, all Lightnings come with two motors and all-wheel drive, making it sure-footed and grippy on sketchy surfaces. All trucks, from the $40,000 base model all the way up to the $90,000 Platinum edition, promise to generate 775 pound-feet of torque. In layman’s terms, that’s more oomph for pulling trailers or climbing boulders than any other F-150 before it. 

Better yet, unlike past Ford trucks, the Lightning can deliver all that torque instantly. In a conventional vehicle, an engine’s full potential is only unleashed when it revs up to a certain speed. In electric vehicles, however, every ounce of torque is available at a moment’s notice, which can come in particularly handy off-road. 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT.

All I had to do was point the Lightning’s tires at a big rock or ledge and nudge the accelerator. Its powerful motors would handle the rest without much of a struggle. 

Then there’s the Lightning’s Off-Road mode, which adjusts the accelerator pedal’s sensitivity and makes it easier to modulate power at low speeds. I was able to slowly and gingerly tackle challenging obstacles without fear of suddenly overshooting or rocketing into …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning made off-roading easy and fun — even for someone with zero skills or talent

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