The Ford F-150 Lightning is one of the most talked-about electric pickup trucks right now, but how far does it go on a single charge? Ford’s F-series pickup trucks are wildly popular in the U.S market, and the F-150 is the best-selling model in the company’s lineup. The gas-powered version is currently in its 14th generation, having been initially launched in 1948. As for the electric version, Ford unveiled it in May 2021 before announcing more details about it in March 2022. The truck began mass production in April this year, and Ford claims to have already received more than 200,000 reservations.
Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular amidst soaring gas prices and heightened environmental concerns. With EVs seen as the way forward for the automotive industry, most automakers are adding multiple new electric vehicles to their portfolios. Some, like Hyundai, are planning to stop developing new internal combustion engines entirely and transition fully to electric in the coming decades. The electric pickup truck segment has also recently seen frantic action, with multiple models being announced over the past couple of years. That includes the Chevy Silverado EV, the Hummer EV, the RAM 1500 EV and the Rivian R1T EV, among others. Then there’s the Tesla Cybertruck, which was unveiled back in 2019 but is only expected to enter production next year.
The F-150 Lightning is offered in four dual-motor, all-wheel-drive models, including the Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. While the Pro is the base model that starts at $39,974, the range-topping Platinum variant starts at $90,974. The different models have different ranges, with the base Pro model offering an EPA-estimated range of 230 miles. The XLT and Lariat, in Standard and Extended-Range variants, offer 230 miles and 320 miles, respectively. Finally, the Platinum model offers an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles.
In terms of specifications, the battery capacity in the standard-range models is 98kWh, while the extended-range batteries are rated at 131kWh. Ford even claims that the battery can power an entire home for three days during an outage. As with fuel economy numbers for gas-guzzlers, the actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, and maintenance levels. The age and health of the lithium-ion battery is also a big factor in determining how long they can hold a charge and how fast they discharge.
As is to be expected, the truck’s towing capacity also differs from one model to another. While the standard-range models can tow 5,000lbs, the extended-range versions of the XLT and Lariat can pull up to 7,700lbs. The Platinum model, meanwhile, can do as much as 8,500lbs. Overall, the Ford F-150 Lightning has received rave reviews in the automotive media and is expected to help the company gain an early advantage in the electric pickup segment.