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Detour Ford Bets Big on an EV Future Detour PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN DOUGLAS e F-150 Lightning is a great pickup for the right buyer BY BRIAN DOUGLAS transportation S OME PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED to learn that Ford's burly F-150 trucks are the most popular vehicle sold in the USA. Although it's not reported how many of these big galoots are used for the rugged, commercial work they were originally designed to do, my guess is that at least half the sales are personal. It's like guessing how many Jeeps, or Ford's new Broncos, really venture off-road, but we're not being judgmental. Driving Amusement In most cases, full-size pickup trucks do not offer a smooth driving experience on public roads when you're not hauling or towing something. at's because the suspension is designed to work for a living, not cruise. But you don't have to load the new Lightning up with passengers or cargo to attain smoothness, since the big battery adds at least 1,000 pounds, and it's down low so handling isn't negatively affected. Despite its curb weight just north of 6,000 pounds, the Lightning lives up to its legendary, high performance moniker. At half throttle, the instant 775 foot-pounds of torque leaves most vehicles in the rearview mirror, and the big guy will even embarrass that rumbling F-150 Raptor that you've encountered at a stoplight. In fact, this very capable truck is so quiet and responsive that if you're not careful, you could easily find yourself discussing the Lightning's thrilling performance in a local traffic court. Luxury Cruising To avoid unwanted conversations with patrol officers and judg- es, I engaged the Lightning's Co-Pilot 360 Active "Blue Cruise," a dynamic, hands-free cruise control system that borders on autonomous driving. At least if I was busted, I'd have a digital alibi. Listening to my high-resolution music files on the Lariat edition's standard Bang & Olufsen sound system was another treat that takes advantage of this truck's uncannily quiet ride. @ranchandcoast ranchandcoast.com 110 DECEMBER 2022 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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