The official range estimates for the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck are in, and they’re looking pretty good. The base model, which starts at $39,974, will get around 230 miles of range, while the extended range versions start in the mid-$50,000s and can go about 320 miles — or about 20 additional miles than originally expected.
These numbers come courtesy of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which tested the seven variations of the F-150 Lightning and F-150 Lightning Pro. The tests revealed that the extended range versions of the truck — the Pro ER, XLT ER, Lariat ER, and Platinum editions — were able to get around 20 more miles than Ford’s original estimates.
“We are laser focused on continually improving our energy consumption efficiency for Lightning and the team is really happy to deliver these results for our customers,” said Linda Zhang, chief program engineer, F-150 Lightning, in a statement.
“We are laser focused on continually improving our energy consumption efficiency for Lightning”
Either the standard range or extended range configuration should be good for most daily driving scenarios, though many people will want to do typical truck things with the F-150 Lightning that are naturally more energy-intensive, like towing, hauling, or off-roading.
To put those potential owners’ minds at ease, Ford says the truck’s software can provide real-time range estimates, something it’s already been working on in the Mustang Mach-E. This software factors in not just weather and traffic conditions, but it also uses an onboard scale to measure the weight of any payload or towing weight.
The extended range Lightning is able to tow up to 10,000 pounds, which is more than what most affordable gas-powered F-150s are capable of, though it’s a few thousand pounds shy of what the F-150 hybrid or the diesel version can tow. The standard range F-150 Lightning, meanwhile, maxes out at 7,700 pounds.
With 320 miles of range, the extended range versions of the F-150 Lightning will be competitive with other electric trucks on the market, including the Rivian R1T (EPA-confirmed 314 miles) and Hummer EV (estimated 350 miles). But starting next year, we’ll start to see some longer-range electric trucks, including the Chevy Silverado EV (estimated 400 miles) and Tesla Cybertruck (estimated 500 miles).
Production of both the F-150 Lightning and F-150 Lightning Pro for commercial customers is in its pre-build stage at the company’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Customers’ deliveries are expected to start in the spring. Ford says it’s planning to double production to 150,000 vehicles per year by 2023.