How Far will the Ford F150 Lightning Go When Towing? Find Out What the Actual Range Could Be
The Ford F150 Lightning has been a much anticipated electric pickup truck, with many people eager to get their hands on it. But what is the actual range of the vehicle? According to reports, the extended range of the Ford F150 Lightning can hit 487 miles when not loaded down or towing. This would put it in a category above most other electric vehicles.
However, some have questioned if this number is accurate. It seems unlikely that 1,000 lbs of onboard payload would result in a loss of 40% range. The only way to find out for sure is to wait and see what real world towing numbers look like once the truck is released.
Tesla has been known to boast exaggerated rated range figures based on the best possible conditions. Most Tesla owners don't actually get those numbers in real life driving. On the other hand, Ford tends to underestimate their range estimates and customers are often pleasantly surprised by how far they can go on one charge.
When talking about towing range, driving style (speed and acceleration habits), route, and specific load matter A LOT. The effect of these factors will be roughly the same as on an internal combustion engine vehicle because most of the range reduction is caused by greatly increased aerodynamic drag and by the inertia of your trailer+load needing to be overcome when accelerating/decelerating. Regenerative braking can help reduce energy lost while towing, but it won't make up for all losses.
Based on calculations from the 131kWh battery pack, the Ford F150 Lightning should have around 325mi range under good conditions without any load. However, when it comes to regenerative braking, there won't be any significant benefit unless you're going downhill and trying to conserve energy. Ultimately, we'll just have to wait and see what kind of results people get when they start using the F150 Lightning for towing purposes.
What is the range of the R1T with the Max Pack?
The estimated range of the R1T with the Max Pack is 450+ miles when not loaded down or towing.
Does towing affect the range of an EV?
Yes, towing affects the range of an EV as it increases aerodynamic drag and requires more energy to accelerate and decelerate. Driving style, route, and specific load also have a significant effect on range.
Is Tesla's rated range exaggerated?
Tesla's rated range figures are based on best possible conditions, so real world range is usually lower than what is advertised.
Will Ford's 300 battery pack have a range of 350-400 miles?
It is possible that Ford's 300 battery pack will have a range of 350-400 miles in perfect weather conditions, but this has not been confirmed.
How much benefit does regenerative braking provide for EVs?
Regenerative braking provides minimal benefit for EVs, except when going downhill and depending on your state of charge.
What is the estimated range of the Lightning?
The estimated range of the Lightning is 487 miles with its extended range.
Does the Lightning have a range advantage over other EVs?
Yes, the Lightning has a range advantage over other EVs due to its extended range battery pack.
What is the estimated charge time for the Lightning?
The estimated charge time for the Lightning is 15 minutes with a DC fast charger and 8 hours with a Level 2 charger.
Is the Lightning capable of towing?
Yes, the Lightning is capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds when properly equipped.