We’ve known for some time that Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck is going to offer two battery sizes, a standard-range battery and an extended-range battery. Take a guess as to which one delivers more driving range. Okay, that sass out of the way, we can finally report what those battery sizes will be, thanks to a livestreamed Ford event outlining the Lightning’s details this week that was quickly seized on by F150gen14 forum members.
The standard range battery, which Ford claims will deliver 230 miles of driving range, will have 98 kWh of usable capacity. (EVs tend to specify their usable pack capacities, versus their total capacities; manufacturers intentionally don’t use all of a battery’s capacity for durability reasons.) Jumping up to the F-150 Lighting’s extended range battery nets you 300 miles of range—again, these are Ford’s early figures, official EPA ratings are forthcoming—thanks to a massive 131 kWh of usable capacity.
Let’s talk about those numbers for a second, because they’re huge. Tesla’s Model S sedan, for example, has a 100-kWh battery; GMC’s new Hummer EV pickup boasts up to 200 kWh, but also weighs an incredible 9,000-some pounds and therefore delivers “only” 329 miles of claimed range. The Ford will likely fall somewhere in between the Tesla sedan and the Hummer on the scales, which is why the 300-mile range Ford is quoting right now makes sense.
Rivian’s R1T pickup, for comparison, offers a 135-kWh battery that delivers 314 miles of range (EPA rated) and will soon add a 180-kWh pack good for over 400 miles—another comparable that indicates Ford is right on the money with its initial range estimates, given the Lightning’s battery sizes. Oh, and Ford’s figures assume a 1,000-pound payload—meaning the actual EPA figures for an unladen Lightning will end up higher. We’ll see when they’re officially released closer to the truck’s on-sale date next year.
In the meantime, if you’re considering ordering a Lightning, keep in mind that there are 200,000 people in front of you in line, and that the standard-range battery pack is standard on the work-truck Lightning Pro, midgrade XLT, and fancier Lariat trims; the extended range battery pack is optional on the XLT and Lariat and standard on the range-topping Platinum spec.
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