Ford's first electric truck could have 460 miles of range.
It's been just a couple of weeks since the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning debuted, and early reservation numbers suggest the electric truck is going to be a monumental success for Ford. Within just 12 hours, Ford received 20,000 reservations. In just a week, the number of reservations increased to 70,000.
In its base guise, the F-150 Lightning will officially last 240 miles, while the extended-range version will offer 300 miles. Or at least, that's what Ford says. An interesting discovery by YouTuber Marques Brownlee may have confirmed that the F-150 Lightning will have a much better range than Ford claims.
During a test drive of the extended range model, Brownlee was told by Ford's representatives that the F-150 Lightning had 1,000 pounds of cargo loaded in the truck when it was tested by the EPA. That's half of the F-150 Lightning's maximum cargo capacity, but still enough to reduce the electric pickup's range. Using onboard scales, the F-150 Lightning range display takes the weight of the truck and whether it's towing a trailer into account to give the driver a more accurate driving range.
When driving the truck without any cargo in the bed or towing a trailer, Brownlee noticed he still had 367 miles of range with a battery that was around 80 percent full.
This suggests an empty Ford F-150 Lightning has a maximum range of around 460 miles, which is significantly higher than the EPA's estimate. This still falls short of the Tesla Cybertruck, which has a claimed range of over 500 miles in its range-topping Tri-Motor guise.
However, this would give Ford an advantage over the Rivian R1T, which has 400 miles of range, and the GMC Hummer EV, which will cover 350 miles on a single charge. Deliveries for the Ford F-150 Lightning will start next year, with prices ranging from $39,974 to around $90,000.