- The upcoming electric F-150 Lightning offers up features you can’t get in a gas truck.
- Its giant frunk offers lots of storage space that would normally be taken up by an engine.
- It has power outlets, lights, a drain, a built-in divider, and other handy features.
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The F-150 Lightning shares a lot with its gas-fueled sibling. But Ford’s upcoming e-truck has a few tricks up its sleeve aside from its electric motors and battery.
One thing you get in the F-150 Lightning that you can’t find in any conventional truck?
It adds a lockable, weatherproof storage compartment to keep things you don’t want in the bed or cab.
In person, I could see just how big the frunk really is. It’s massive.
At just over 14 cubic feet, it can hold about as much as a Honda Civic’s trunk.
A picture on the underside of the hatch indicates that the frunk can hold two golf bags.
I was able to confirm this through a series of rigorous scientific tests.
The frunk’s floor is rubberized to keep things from moving around too much.
There are also a handful of tie-down points…
And some hooks for grocery bags and the like.
The EV’s entire grille area lifts up with the hood, making for easier loading and unloading.
Underneath a panel in the frunk’s floor you’ll find another small storage area.
Stick that panel into a number of slots in the floor, and it turns into a divider for organizing groceries or other cargo.
The panel is reversible. It has spots for beverages on one side and a rubberized surface to match the rest of the interior on the other.
If the frunk ever gets dirty, you can hose it out thanks to a drain hole in the floor.
The drain hole also means the frunk’s lower cargo area can double as a cooler.
The frunk has four 120-volt outlets, along with USB and USB-C plugs, hence Ford’s slightly ridiculous name for it: the Mega Power Frunk.
The frunk provides up to 2.4 kilowatts of power, enough to run a jackhammer and concrete mixer simultaneously. Or, on the more fun side of things, a movie night with speakers, a popcorn machine, and a projector, according to Ford.
There are lights on the ceiling that can illuminate an in-frunk workstation.
There’s a button for turning off the lights if, for example, you want to keep a campsite pitch black.
The frunk can be opened and closed through an app, the Lightning’s touchscreen, and an exterior button.
If the frunk’s normal opening height puts it out of reach, you can tell it to open to a lower height by moving it to your preferred position and holding down the close button.
You can also shut the frunk manually by pulling it down, which is a nice touch.
Because although all the frunk’s neat quirks and techy features are great, at the end of the day I’m sure lots of people just want a storage area they can just open, chuck some stuff in, and close with ease.