Range Stats Revealed For Ford F-150 Lightning
Here at EVS Network, we’re all about fast cars. But sometimes, you really do just need a pickup truck. Good news, then: the range estimates are in for Ford’s new all-electric F-150, and they’ve exceeded expectations.
According to range tests conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the base model of the F-150 Lightning (starting price: $39,974) clocks in with 230 miles of range and a max towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. The extended-range model (starting price: mid-$50,000) still gets around 320 miles–and is able to tow up to 10,000 pounds, which is less than the diesel or hybrid model can tow, but more than a gas-powered F-150 can.
These range numbers exceed initial expectations by about 20 miles and make Ford’s first fully-electric pickup line competitive with other electric light trucks like the Hummer EV, with an estimated 350 miles, and the Rivian R1T, with 314 EPA-confirmed miles. But keep an eye out for next year’s Chevy Silverado EV, with an estimated 400 miles, and the Tesla Cybertruck, with a whopping estimated range of 500 miles.
A cool Tesla-like feature the Lightning offers is a range calculator that factors in traffic, weather, and weight to provide a real-time estimate of just how far you can make it. This offers a lot of utility, considering the typical energy-intensive pastimes of the typical pickup truck: towing trailers, hauling payloads, and off-roading.
Customers who pre-ordered the Lightning can expect their trucks to arrive sometime in the Spring of 2022, while Ford says the long-term plan is to double production to 150,000 vehicles per year by 2023. We don’t know about you, but we’re excited to see the demand for electric vehicles go beyond city sedans and into the light truck corner of the market!