0-60 mph in under 3 seconds!
After teasing an all-electric F-150 playing in the snow, we knew it wouldn't be long before Ford made an official reveal. Ford was rumored to begin production in early 2022, but today, on April 1, 2021, the Blue Oval exceeded all expectations by revealing the first-ever F-150 powered by batteries; and it's not just any plain old F-150. Please welcome the 2022 Ford F-150 e-Raptor, the world's first silent dune slayer. The front end clearly adopts the face Ford teased for the electric F-150, while the rest looks pretty much like a standard Raptor. This is only a prototype but we hope those electric Raptor graphics make it to production.
We were not expecting the first F-150 EV to be a Raptor version, so this is a pleasant surprise in a year filled with disappointments. This reveal may anger truck enthusiasts who were waiting for the V8-powered Raptor R model, but rest assured because Ford promises that model is still coming. Once you hear the e-Raptor's performance specs, you may forget all about the Raptor R.
We still don't know how much power the standard Raptor will produce from its 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, though it's bound to be more than the previous model's 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque while the Raptor R is expected to produce over 700 hp, rivaling the Ram 1500 TRX. Well, the e-Raptor blows those figures away. While the upcoming GMC Hummer EV features three electric motors for a total of 1,000 hp and an insane 11,500 lb-ft of torque, the e-Raptor one-ups its rival with four motors, one on each axle.
Not only will having one motor on each axle give the e-Raptor insanely impressive off-road performance and torque vectoring, but these motors combine to produce precisely 746.4456 kW and 16,269.8153 Nm of torque, according to Ford. These numbers are significant because they translate to exactly 1,001 hp (one more than the Hummer) and 12,000 lb-ft of torque. Ford clearly targeted GMC here, ensuring that the e-Raptor should be quicker.
Ford hasn't quoted any battery specifications, so we will wait to see if it can top the Hummer's 350-mile driving range. The Hummer will include a "Watts to Freedom" feature to enable that insanely-quick three-second 0-60 time, but the e-Raptor will include its own bevy of cool toys. Ford says the e-Raptor will feature a "Predator Mode" with "Shock And Awe" launch control, a clear reference to the GT500's supercharged Predator V8 engine and the e-Raptor's EV drivetrain. Ford promises 0-60 mph in under three seconds.
Much like how the Bronco Sport offers G.O.A.T off-road modes, the e-Raptor will offer something called "Jurrasic Drive" which enables several different drive settings, including Herbivore (comfort), Omnivore (normal), and Carnivore (sport). Since the e-Raptor has four electric motors, it can drive each one independently to get out of any off-road situation; and yes, Ford says drivers can make it rear-wheel-drive for some sandy burnouts or execute a tank turn like the Hummer's Crab Mode.
Ford gave an early sneak peek of the e-Raptor, but more information will come next year. We hope the announcement won't fall on April 1 next year.