Today's responses below. Important note: I was not allowed to record the conversation so I typed up these notes from memory. Errors are mine.
1. Ordering and Production
e. Any word on when scheduling will begin? How about production?
Ray's understanding is deliveries should start in the summer.
f. Will dealers receive FCTP units before customer deliveries? When are those expected to arrive?
Yes, FCTP units (demos, mannequins) will arrive first.
g. Are ZEV states being prioritized for orders &/or deliveries?
Not that he is aware of.
h. The Lightning is built in a new portion of the Rouge facility. Are the bodies stamped and painted in the main Rouge facility or in the new portion?
Body stamping is in the main facility. Frame construction and painting are in the new EV facility.
2. Charging, and home power transfer options
a. What additional equipment is required for the Intelligent Backup Power?
They didn't have the list of equipment but depending on the installation it could be several $K to $10K.
d. The eSourceBook implies the 9.6kW Pro Power Onboard is required for Intelligent Backup Power. Is that true?
Yes. Intelligent Backup Power is available with either battery but requires the 9.6kW Pro Power Onboard and 80A Pro charger.
e. Does anyone know if the Ford 80A unit can be used for charging on a lower amperage circuit (like the Ford Connected Charge Station), say 40A?
g. Will the charging software be upgraded to control the rate at which the truck charges?
Not at this time.
h. Will one membership fee to the Blue Oval charging network work on multiple vehicles?
Ray didn't know -- however, I had asked this question of another source within Ford as well. His answer was:
3. Driving Assistance Features
- If one VIN in your FP account has a subscriptions to BOCN and BO EA – you can access and pay for either vehicle by activating the charger through the FordPass interface.
- The one piece that doesn’t currently work this way is Plug & Charge. Due to the unique protocols and security comms between vehicle/charger our system is currently setup for a subscription to be tied with one VIN.
- Again – we are working through how to shift these paradigms, but haven’t cracked it yet.
a. Can the safety option of “Co-pilot360 Assist 2.0 Technology" with Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane-Centering, and Speed Sign Recognition be added to 311A XLT later?
No, there are hardware requirements not found in 311A vehicles.
d. A customer noticed on another vehicle that "lane keeping" cuts out on fairly minor curves in the road. Will the Lightning "Co-pilot360 assist 2.0 Technology" or other steering related ability handle curves without kicking off and giving a warning beep?
These are continually being improved.
e. What are the features of the Advance Track with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control?
Multiple sensors will detect issues with stability and adjust braking and power in the four wheels to adjust.
a. What are the features of the Tow Technology Package and the Max Tow Package?
b. Why is Max Tow separate from Tow Tech?
The Tow Technology Package includes various components to facilitate towing. Max Tow adds some suspension features to allow the truck to handle heavier loads.
d. What is in the Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System / Customer-Placed Trailer Camera? Is the camera integrated into the Sync screen or does it require a separate display?
This is a dealer-installed option that connects to the truck through the 10-pin connector. It is a hard-wired, rather than wireless system and the camera views are integrated into the truck's Sync display.
5. Pro Power Onboard
a. Can any/all of the outlets be used while the vehicle is charging? Running?
Yes and Yes.
b. Can bed power outlets be used when it is possible that rain or a hose spray might hit them? Maybe it just trips a breaker?
Yes they can. They are GCFI protected.
a. Does Mega Power Frunk lid have protection against coming down on a kid's fingers?
Yes. [I tested it personally. While there is a sensor, it requires significant pressure to cause it to stop]
b. Power Deployable running boards are not an option in the build & price tool. When will they be available as an option?
Unknown. Ray's guess is it is a supplier issue.
c. What has been done to make it the most aerodynamic Lightning ever?
A variety of small things. The frunk, the air dam, wheel well air pillows, the full under-body cladding.
c. What are black seats for Lariat made of?
They seem to be the Active-X used in the Mach E.
Is it possible to order an extended range Lariat without the twin-panel moonroof?
Unknown if this can be deleted from orders.
e. Does the heating system use battery or motor heat to make heating more efficient?
Not that he is aware.
f. Is there a plan to incorporate a heat pump into the Lightning?
Has not heard anything.
a. Is the battery bank upgradable as new battery technologies come online?
Not that he knows of.
9. Bed/Cab Options
Will different cab/bed configurations be offered in the future? Specifically the 6.5’ bed?
No plans have been announced yet but such changers will likely happen at some point. Ford's focus on providing what work customers need will require more flexible options.
a. Will an option for flat towing become available?
Because of the design of the truck there is nothing that makes this possible at this time.
a. What features are in the Advanced Security Pack?
Additional sensors, including a pressure sensor to detect broken windows and a tilt sensor to detect towing.