See the many quirks that set the electric F-150 Lightning apart from Ford's gas trucks

The Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
We took an early look at Ford's upcoming electric pickup truck: the F-150 Lightning.
The e-truck has a lot in common with the gas F-150. But there are some key differences.
The Lightning has a large touchscreen, a Frunk, a new body and sockets everywhere.
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In a crowded parking lot, you could mistake the upcoming F-150 Lightning for another gasoline-drinking Ford truck.
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The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
But as you dig deeper, the features that set Ford's electric pickup truck apart become clearer.
The Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
Up front, you've got a textured black panel in place of a grille - a tell-tale sign that there's no engine under that hood.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
The headlights and taillights have been redesigned to be more angular.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
In addition, the Lightning gets an LED light bar at the front, which extends over the entire width of the truck.
The Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
A matching LED strip runs on the back.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
You can find lightning badges on the sides of the bed ...
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
Along with a more subtle logo on the back.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
The charging port is under that little door on the front fender.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
Ford redesigned the front fenders, hood, bed sides, and running boards for aerodynamics, and adjusted the new lights and tailgate.
The Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
But that's pretty much all for external changes.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
Under the hood, the F-150 Lightning has a spacious front trunk, known as Mega Power Frunk.
The frunk of the Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
Read more: The Ford F-150 Lightning's massive trunk is packed with useful features - take a closer look
It has a handful of electrical outlets ...
The frunk of the Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
An additional storage compartment under the floor ...
The frunk of the Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
... and a removable panel that you can use as a storage space divider.
The frunk of the Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
As you step onto the Lightning, you can't help but notice the 15.5-inch touchscreen that dominates the dashboard.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
It's just like the one in the Mustang Mach-E EV and has an actual volume control embedded in it.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
Otherwise, the cab is pretty much the same as a conventional F-150.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
The Lightning has all the options you get in other Ford trucks, such as a fold-out work surface and 180-degree adjustable seats.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
That's one of the Lightning's most notable features - how much it shares with the F-150s that people are already familiar with.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
Ford went to great lengths to give the Lightning's bed the exact same dimensions as other F-150s, despite the huge battery hidden under the floor.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
This allows F-150 owners to use their existing racks and other accessories on their new electric vehicle.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
The Lightning's tailgate has the same built-in work surface as other 2021 F-150s.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
It also has the same attachment points that double as a bottle opener on either side of the tailgate.
The Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin / Insider
The pre-production Lightning that I checked out also had an optional step that folds out of the tailgate.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
The EV's bed has one thing you won't find on other pickups (besides the Hybrid F-150): 7.2 kilowatts of power available through multiple outlets.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
Pre-production of the F-150 Lightning began in September and delivery is scheduled to begin in spring 2022.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
Prices start at around $ 40,000 for a basic work cart but can go as high as $ 90,000 for a Lightning with a larger battery and all the trimmings.
The Ford F-150 LightningTim Levin / Insider
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