EV RANGE TEST: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Takes Down Rivian R1T

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The bigger battery pack does not simply include vary advantages, by the best way; it additionally determines the ability output of your Lightning. The usual-pack vehicles produce 452 horsepower and a large 775 lb-ft of torque, so no disgrace there. Nevertheless, the extended-range battery bumps peak output to 580 hp (the 775 lb-ft stays unchanged). That kind of energy scooted our huge Platinum check truck to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat at our check monitor. Bruh …

However we’re specializing in vary right here. The EPA initiatives a spread of 300 miles for the Platinum F-150 (320 miles for the XLT and Lariat fashions with the bigger battery pack), which is true there with the Rivian’s official 314-mile estimate. Now, we have already seen the Rivian validate its EPA vary estimate, albeit by a hair. Would the electron-juiced F-150 observe go well with? Wouldn’t it ever!

Testing the F-150 Lightning in the true world

Edmunds exams each new electrical automobile on the identical real-world driving loop to see simply how far it may possibly journey from a full cost all the way down to zero miles remaining. When you scroll via our EV vary leaderboard, you may see that the majority EVs have matched or exceeded their EPA vary estimates in our testing. A lot of that has to do with our potential to check in near-ideal situations year-round.

Our top-shelf 2022 F-150 Lightning Platinum ($93,509 as examined, though the 2022s are offered out and a comparable 2023 will run you $99,609) robotically checks nearly each possibility field out there, in addition to having the bigger battery pack as normal. The one two choices on our window sticker had been the Max Recline seats and the bedliner. Whereas we do not doubt the extra tools and luxuries within the Platinum tack on some weight, we suspect the bigger 22-inch wheels and tires are guilty for the EPA’s decrease vary and effectivity estimates in comparison with these for the XLT and Lariat.

On check day, we inflated these pizza-tray-sized wheels to the factory-recommended pressures of 42 psi and rolled the Lightning onto the scales, recording an official weight of 6,871 kilos. In case it isn’t apparent, that is heavy. It is practically 1,100 kilos extra than what the Edmunds’ long-term F-150 Hybrid weighed in at, though nonetheless lighter that our dimensionally smaller Rivian R1T Launch Version, which tipped the scales at 7,069 kilos — carrying a complete of 4 electrical motors will do this to a truck.

We spent many hours on the helm our 2022 Lightning with a barely sweaty higher lip because of a median ambient temperature of 81 levels (that is sizzling for us), and ultimately we might logged a whole of 332 GPS-verified miles, about 10 miles greater than what we noticed on the Lightning’s onboard journey meter. That is a whopping 32 miles greater than the EPA estimate, netting out to a ten.7% enchancment.

Remarkably, the Lightning’s 332-mile efficiency pips each of the Launch Version Rivian R1Ts we have examined, the primary at 317 miles on 21-inch wheels and the second (our long-term check truck) at 323 miles on its 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. That is proper — an F-150 full of battery cells simply took down the Rivian R1T. Effectively performed, Ford. Effectively performed.

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