Sonoma County is known for its abundance of wineries. Rows of vines run through the California hills in the most sustainable wine region in the world. Recently, Ford decided to add the F-150 Lightning to the wine country terroir. The all-electric van will soon help several winegrowers and harvesters in the department to keep their eco-responsible title. Fleet equipment was on hand for the ride-and-drive press event that covered all the details of the F-150 Lightning equipment and services, like charging and telematics, surrounding the launch of the battery-electric truck. Take a look at the photos from the event and stay tuned Fleet equipment for even more F-150 Lightning updates to come.
We started the day at Vino Farms, but the breathtaking views couldn’t distract from the real attraction. A row of new 2022 F-150 Pro Lightnings lined up to greet us at the top of the hill.
I was looking forward to getting behind the wheel, but there’s no better place to start than with a cup of coffee and an overview of the telematics and charging systems created to improve fleet operations. The introduction was given by Marissa Ledbetter, owner of Vino Farms, Ryan Southwick, director of Ford Pro Telematics and Muffi Ghadiali, managing director of Ford Pro Charging.
Fun fact: a fully loaded truck could supply the energy needs of an average sized home for up to three days!
Ford continues to roll out up to 12,000 service vans by 2025 as its availability goals continue to reach new heights. Implementing these mobile service centers allows mechanics to go directly to the customer and get them back on the road, allowing for fast turnaround time, Ford noted.
Before we hit the road, we were greeted by Linda Zhang, Chief Engineer, Ford Pro, who was eager to share some of the unique new features of the first-ever all-electric F-Series. This electric vehicle is equipped with eight 120-volt outlets and eight USB ports for easy and accessible charging, no matter the job.
With the press of a button, the hood opened to reveal an impressively sized trunk that offers 14 cubic feet of additional storage and a weight capacity of 400 pounds.
Turning the tailgate into a workspace is no longer a makeshift task. With media support, a built-in measuring stick, additional lighting and nearby outlets, Ford has truly redefined the meaning of remote working.
There is no shortage of work/storage spaces for the do-it-yourselfer. With the largest trunk of any electric pickup, a towing weight of 10,000 pounds and a payload of 2,235 pounds, all models in this series are equipped to be durable and built Ford Tough.
The leather seats combined with the traditional, but technologically improved dashboard, provide an ideal experience. The center console’s touchscreen acts as the truck’s information center providing real-time estimates of cargo weight, remaining range, a digital compass and drive mode options.
Speaking of which, each model in the series comes with four different drive mode options including normal, sport, tow/haul and off-road.
After a two hour guided tour, I went to Dutton Farms where we were escorted to the top of the hill to listen to a panel discussion.
Moderated by Cynthia Williams, Ford’s Global Director of Sustainability, Certification and Compliance, the topic of discussion was the future of sustainable transportation. Answers provided by Ted Cannis, CEO, Ford Pro; John Buckley, President and CEO, Wilbur Ellis; Jason Glickman, executive vice president, PG&E; and Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Wine Growers, were nothing short of electrifying.