Electric Vehicles

MKBHD Changed My Mind About the Ford F150 Lightning

Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) changed my mind about the Ford F150 Lightning after he claimed for it to be “the most important electric vehicle we are going to see this year, more than the Cybertruck or the Rivian or the Plaid Model S or anything else that may or may not come out in 2021”. I thought what could possible make up for the 300 mile range?

  • Ford F-150 Lightning: 230 to 300 Miles
  • Rivian R1T: 230 to 400 Miles
  • GMC Hummer EV: 350 Miles
  • Tesla Cybertruck: 250 to 500 Miles

I kept thinking to myself that the range would be a real issue for the F150 Lightning if you are hauling anything, winter temperatures and tailgating from many of the onboard power outlets.

I imagine that the range would decrease much faster than announced if one of these situations occurred. I have experienced significant losses in wintry temperatures with a Tesla Model 3 with a range of 310 miles, and without any additional heavy cargo or towing at all.

Around timestamp 8:06, gets to talking about what he found with driving range with the truck without a load. Marques recounts talking with the people from Ford and learning something really unmentioned in other coverage of this truck.

The Extended Range model with 300 miles is calculated with 1000 pounds of stuff in the trunk.

Marques and his crew tested the truck without anything in the trunk and was quoted 367 miles at about 80% charge percentage.

50% = 229.5 miles (est. without load)
80% = 367 miles (est. without load)
100% = 459 miles (est. without load)

Marques estimates with these numbers in mind that it could possible have 140-200kW battery!

Ford does not advertise the size of the battery, which makes sense because many people who are interested in this truck do not understand or want to know about kilowatt-hours or electric charging. Keep it simple!

Coupled with the fact that the truck can detect how heavy your load is on the truck bed or towing weight and can estimate the range with this information in mind, this truck is looking really impressive! 🙂

In most cases, the Ford F150 will reach 300 miles, while it will exceed the range without a load.

It is really awesome to see an electric truck that is able to exceed the rated range while being the fastest truck Ford has ever built! It is faster than the Ford Raptor and almost as fast as the current Tesla Model 3 Long Range in 0-60 time: 4.5 s vs 4.4 s. 🙂

This is so refreshing to see some more competition in this space when Tesla seems to make all the headlines. Cheers to 2021! 😀

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By Graydon Schwartz

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