Ford is sending me an F-150 Lightning (the electric version of the F-150 half-ton pick-up) to test-drive this week. It should be an interesting week, for once!
How far will it actually go – as opposed to how far Ford says it can go? How much will the cold weather we’re having (and use of accessories, such as the heater) affect how far it goes? How about driving up grades?
How far doesn’t it go with a trailer attached to the back?
There is also the matter of real-world (as opposed to “fast”) charging. Meaning that in the real world, many people do not have the time or the desire to drive to a “fast” charger in order to recharge. They want to be home. But you cannot “fast” charge an EV at home – at least, not unless you have had your home’s wiring upgraded to commercial capacity and have installed all the necessary equipment (this costs in the neighborhood of $30,000) and the local infrastructure can support that kind of load. So, that means plugging in to either a 240v dryer-stove type outlet and waiting about nine hours . . . or plugging in to a standard 120v outlet and waiting overnight.
What will that be like?
Ford says the standard Lightning Pro will go about 240 miles before it needs to be recharged. For me, that would mean about three days of driving, based on my usual daily round-trip of about 70 miles “down the mountain” and back up again. Will I get three days out of it? If not, how often will the Lightning be plugged into my 240v outlet – and for how long?
Most of the reviews I’ve seen so far do not answer these questions – so I will try to.
If any of you have any questions about the Lightning you’d like to ask me to try to answer, please submit them in the comments boxes that follow!