The Ford F-150 Lightning barely traveled 80 miles with a trailer


The highly anticipated Ford F-150 Lightning must be up to the task. People need trucks to do their jobs, and range anxiety can put a damper on many situations. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning was subjected to extreme conditions, but in a towing test, it was extremely short.

How much can the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning tow?

Ford F-150 Lightning towing a motorhome | Ford

When properly equipped, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning can tow up to 10,000 lbs. That’s with the Extended Range Battery and Max Tow package. With the standard battery, the F-150 Lightning can tow up to 7,700 lbs and carry a payload of up to 2,000 lbs.

For comparison, the gas-powered F-150 can tow up to 14,000 pounds and carry a payload of up to 2,238 pounds.

We don’t know which F-150 Lightning model was used for towing, but it showed an estimated range of 282 miles. When Fast lane truck entered the dimensions of the 6,000 pound trailer, the range dropped to about 160 miles, which is a loss of about 120 miles.

After driving about six miles, the range dropped to 150 miles, and by the time they drove 50 miles, the battery was at 20% charge, so they turned around to find a charging station.

They had to stop the tow test and reach a charging station with about nine percent battery remaining. The range decreased much faster than the computer had originally estimated.

What is the autonomy of the F-150 Lightning?

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The standard 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning range has an EPA-estimated range of 230 miles. The extended-range F-150 Lightning has an EPA-estimated range of about 320 miles, but towing can dramatically impact those numbers.

Additionally, the standard range model delivers 452 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the extended-range model gets you 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque.

With a Level 1 charge or normal 120V outlet, fully charging the F-150 Lightning can take up to 64 hours. But you can use a level 2 charger or a 240V outlet to charge the battery in about 12-14 hours.

If you use a DC fast charging station, you can recharge the batteries from 15 to 80% in about 45 minutes. It will add approximately 50 miles of range in just 10 minutes.

Ford recommends loading the truck to around 90% for daily driving. Only charge it to 100% before long trips to extend battery life.

Does the F-150 Lightning save money?

A gray 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning drives down the road.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has the potential to help owners save money. It can reduce maintenance cost by 39.6% due to lack of spark plugs, oil, timing plugs, etc. Plus, it can run at 6.1 cents per mile, compared to 10.1 cents per mile for gasoline trucks.

However, you may want to install a Level 2 charger at home, which costs around $3,895 before installation costs. On a positive note, the Lightning may qualify for a $7,500 tax credit.

Being cheaper to own is a big plus if the truck actually works. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Lightning burn through its range quickly. It is not clear if the problem is related to one model or all.

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