Whether or not you’re a fan of electric cars and trucks, Ford’s
F-150 Lightning is bound to win converts for years to come. Among the biggest selling points is the “frunk.”
Frunk, a made-up word combining the words “front” and “trunk,” is not new. Many rear-engine cars like the Porsche 911
original VW Beetle
and Chevrolet Corvair use or have used the area under the hood for storage. With the F-150 Lightning, the truck uses no engine because it’s powered entirely by electricity.
Ford could have lined the space with plastic and called it a day. Like everything else on the all-electric F-150, Ford goes way beyond conventional. We’ll tell you about the ultrapractical features of the frunk and the things you can fit inside.
What’s in the F-150 Frunk?
Ford calls this storage area the Mega Power Frunk. The first thing to note is the word “power.” Ford’s Mega Power Frunk opens and closes by just pushing a button. You can open and close the frunk inside the truck or with the key fob. Because of this, the frunk storage area is lockable and waterproof.
And that’s just the start. Read on to see what other features you will find.
Cargo net and hooks
Inside, there you’ll find other cool features. For example, there’s a cargo net and grocery bag hooks to keep things like eggs, bread, and bottles from rolling around and breaking or destroying other food items. Smart.
The truck comes with a lighting system that turns on automatically when you open the frunk, but there’s also a button that operates two small banks of LED lights. Those lights aim downward to make working in the dark that much easier.
A glow-in-the-dark button inside the storage area also comes in handy for any just-in-case situation. For example, if a person gets closed inside the frunk, they can hit this emergency release and pop open the frunk (we tested — it works).
The Lightning’s frunk might be able to replace those large pickup bed-mounted tool boxes professionals often use.
In addition, you’ll find other useful touches inside the frunk, such as a removable panel that reveals another storage area. If you need to keep food or other items cold for a long trip, the Lightning’s frunk has a built-in drain that allows it to be used as an ice chest or for carrying other messy things.
Household-style power outlets
The frunk has four household-style electrical outlets and two USB ports, including one USB-C. Ford describes it like this: “Cleverly designed with bumper-height clearance for easy access, this water-resistant space comes equipped with four electrical outlets, two USB chargers, and a drainable floor that can double as a food and beverage container. It can easily power a mobile work site or an epic tailgate. With 2.4 kilowatts of power, there’s enough capability to plug in power tools, TVs, laptops, speakers, slow cookers, and more.”
Capacity: Can the frunk hold two sets of golf clubs?
Ford claims the frunk, offering 14.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, can hold two sets of golf clubs. We tested it, and two sets of golf clubs fit easily, with room to spare. Golf clubs aside, the frunk can also carry three medium-sized pieces of luggage.
The Lightning offers ample payload. It can hold 400 pounds.
While most of these are helpful and valuable consumer-oriented features, the fact that the frunk is power-operated, lockable, and watertight means for some that it might be able to replace those large pickup bed-mounted tool boxes professionals often use. For many, this translates to more useable bed space. And that truck bed offers some pretty compelling features of its own.
What’s behind the hidden access door?
Finally, there is a hidden access door to the small “starter” battery in case your Lightning needs a jump or if the small battery needs replacing. You can find that hidden panel behind the cargo net.
Ford engineers got so excited about the Lightning’s features they resorted to puns.
According to Linda Zhang, F-150 Lightning chief program engineer, “The F-150 Lightning pickup’s Mega Power Frunk is one of those features that reshape what vehicles can provide for customers. Its sheer size, ample power supply, drainable floor, and open-and-close system that opens with the touch of a button make it frunking awesome!” Yes, she said that.
This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.