7 Essential Questions To Ask Before Buying A Ford F-150 Lightning


Buy your new F-150 Lightning with confidence.


One of the best-selling vehicles ever has gone electric, and it’s here in Canada. As of July 2022, the Ford F-150 Lighting has started rolling into dealerships and onto our streets. Want one? Here are seven essential questions to ask before purchasing an F-150 Lightning.

Is your local Ford dealer EV-certified?

The only place to buy an F-150 Lighting is from a Ford dealership. Yet, not all Ford dealers have certification to sell EVs. In 2021, Ford introduced a program for Ford franchise dealers to become EV-certified. They need specialized equipment and training for the sale and maintenance of EVs. Before you head to your local dealership, call first and ask if they are a Ford EV-certified dealer.

Where can I charge the F-150 Lightning?

Most EV charging gets done at home. Ford offers the ability to finance a Ford Connect Charge station when buying the vehicle. The 80A Ford Charge Station Pro is the suggested charging station for the F-150 Lightning. It offers 48 Km per charging hour for the extended range models and 30 Km per charging hour for the standard range.

Will I be able to test-drive the vehicle before I buy it?

Some dealers will have demo models of the F-150 Lighting available for test drives. Due to demand, there is the possibility of limited availability. Check with your Ford EV-certified dealer for availability. Can’t get a test drive? Watch this Ford F-150 Lightning overview to see it in action.

What is the standard equipment on each of the trims?

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lighting is available in a few different trim levels. These are the XLT, Lariat, and Platinum models. The range and onboard ProPower level dictate what trim package you need.  Getting all the details on what equipment each trim level comes with will help you decide which is best for you.

What incentives can I take advantage of?

 Federal and Provincial governments offer thousands of dollars in incentives when purchasing or leasing EVs. Ask your Ford sales representative what incentives you may qualify for. They can cover purchasing a vehicle and the installation of home EV charges. The Government of Canada currently offers point-of-sale incentives of $2,500 to $5,000 for consumers who buy or lease an EV.

What is the maintenance schedule and cost?

Any piece of machinery requires care. EVs are no exception. One of the top features of EVs is low maintenance costs when compared to an ICE vehicle. Each manufacturer has a maintenance schedule for its models so before buying an F-150 Lightning, ask about the recommended maintenance schedule and the associated cost.

What is the warranty on the battery?

A big question for EV owners is their car’s battery life and warranty period. A battery replacement is the most significant maintenance cost for the vehicle. Be sure to ask about the F-150 Lightning battery life and warranty to determine if it is right for you. Need some context for comparison? Here is how long a Tesla battery pack lasts.

Want to learn more about the Ford F-150 Lightning before stepping into a dealership? Watch as we discover what makes this truck the next big thing in EVs on our test drive.

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