How to Use the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Integrated Balance and Other Interesting Applications

Take a quick look at the F-150 Lightning’s varied touchscreen.

Like it or not, touchscreens are becoming increasingly important in how we interact with our cars. They were originally used for navigation and some other things, but now automakers have begun to develop the software-defined car craze that Tesla started by offering new features, apps, and even games. Case in point: the new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

How to Use the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning’s Onboard Scales and Other Cool Apps
How to Use the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning’s Onboard Scales and Other Cool Apps

Despite the fact that pickup truck buyers have traditionally been reluctant to try new technologies, the 15.5-inch touchscreen of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is full of features and apps designed to make life easier and more enjoyable. One of our favorite features is Lightning’s built-in payload scale. Here’s how to use them, as well as some of the other favorite apps Lightning has to offer.

Weigh it up

Most pickup truck owners know how many sleeper cars they can carry but don’t know what their actual load is. The built-in weigh of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is unquestionably, telling you what 1,606 pound of electric Ford you’re eating. To access the built-in scales, simply tap the Lightning icon in the top left corner, then scroll down the left side of the screen to the onboard scales. Tap on it and an easy-to-read load bar will appear on the right-hand side of the screen. Filling lightning’s 5.5-foot bed and heading back into the cabin, the truck will consider the weight of both your load and the occupant of the vehicle to let you know if it’s safe to drive.

Trailer app

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning also includes applications for towing. Accessed in a similar way to a payload scale, Ford has both Intelligent Cargo and Towing functions. The former helps ensure you don’t have too much weight of the blade on the truck and helps you pass safety checks. The second function allows you to create a profile for your trailer; it uses the trailer’s length, width, height, and braking type to calculate how much your towing will affect your range. The F-150 Lightning is rated to have a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds.

Great mapping

Ford knows there’s a lot of anxiety around tripping on the road with the EV, and the F-150 Lightning’s navigator eliminates a lot of guesswork. Simply enter your destination and the software will take into account your charging status, driving style, weather, and altitude to make a route with toll stops. The system also tells you how long your charging downtime is, how much you’ll need to charge to safely continue your journey, and how much charging time will add to your trip. With an extended range battery, lightning can charge from 5 to 80 percent in 50 minutes at a top speed of 172 kW; it will also travel up to 320 miles on a single charge—though its real-world road travel range may be shorter.

Battery charging

One point for improvement is Lightning’s charging screen. Hidden under the settings menu, you’ll find a screen that allows you to view the battery’s charging status, schedule departure times, and set a one-time maximum charge limit (the annoying truck resets to 90 percent every time you unplug). We wanted this screen to be placed in a more prominent position and it provided more information. Competitors like the Rivian R1T allow you to see the state of charge, the number of kWh added and the charge, and they can even remember the limit of your previous charge.

Increase strength

Much easier to find is the ProPower Onboard menu. This app tells you how much energy your accessory is sucking in from the truck and how much range is left. You can also manually turn bed shops and bed shops on or off. What’s unique about the Lightning is that the rear socket is high-powered, powerful enough to charge another EV like the Lightning or Tesla.

Game time

Tesla owners aren’t the only ones enjoying video games. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning includes some basic games in the infotainment screen that you can play while you’re parking: Blocks (Tetris clones), Jigsaw Puzzles, Lane Changes, Sketches, Sudoku, and Jigsaw Puzzles. Our favorite is Lane Change, where you drag your finger across the screen to avoid slower (on-screen) traffic.

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