But the electric truck will have a unique aftermarket.
At the 2021 Chicago Auto Show, Carbuzz had a chance to get up close and personal with the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. The truck looks pretty familiar in person, seeing as the electric model uses the same cab as the standard F-150. Aside from some futuristic lights and a few other details, the Lightning's design has been made pretty simple to help keep the price low. We thought sharing so much in common with the standard F-150 would make it easy for owners to customize the Lightning, but this may not be the case.
Speaking with F-150 Lightning Marketing Manager Jasen Turnbull, we learned the Lightning won't share a few important components with its gas-powered sibling. Truck owners tend to swap their stock wheels for aftermarket ones, and we're sure plenty of owners will want to put their Lightning on Raptor wheels; sadly, this isn't possible.
"The [Lightning's] wheels are specific to handle the weight load," Turnbull explained. "We are not sharing wheels with the [gas-powered] F-150." Likewise, truck owners may have to wait before raising the ride height on their Lightning. "A lift kit will decrease range, and we are still learning what can be done to lift it," he added. Turnbull says Ford is currently evaluating parts and accessories to determine recommendations for the aftermarket.
The Lightning is the first F-150 to include an independent rear suspension to accommodate the rear electric motor, which means a lift kit designed for a standard model won't work. This might anger some diehard truck buyers who can't spend a single day at the stock ride height, but it's good news for everyone else. With the new suspension, Turnbull says the Lightning "handles like no other F-150."
Though the Lightning will require different wheels and suspension than a standard F-150, many other parts will be interchangeable. "Lightning has the same bed as the gas model, so the accessories will carry over," Turnbull confirmed. Standard F-150 items such as the tonneau cover, bed liners, organizers, rails, toolboxes, and more will all fit the Lightning. We can't wait to see what the aftermarket has in store for the F-150 Lightning when it arrives next year.