Ford F-150 Lightning loses about half its range when towing a 23-foot Airstream trailer

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An aboriginal Ford F-150 Lightning electrical pickup did a real-world towing trial with a 23-foot Airstream trailer. It showed a nonaccomplishment of astir fractional the vehicle’s range.

Last week, Ford officially started lawsuit deliveries of the F-150 Lightning electrical pickup truck. Some aboriginal owners are already putting the electrical pickup motortruck to the test. One F-150 Lightning Platinum proprietor from Michigan posted an relationship of a towing trial with a 23-foot Airstream trailer connected the F-150 Lightning Forum. The trial was performed connected a level route, and the trailer weighed astir 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg).

The Ford towing strategy lets you adhd the specs of your trailer to cipher the range:

When you plug successful your trailer and acceptable the weight, height, length, etc., the Ford strategy auto-calculates your mileage impact. I plugged successful astatine 85 miles, and erstwhile I finished the calculation, it stated I had 54 miles of scope with the Airstream.

It turned retired to beryllium reasonably close since helium traveled 30 miles and the scope prediction mislaid 31 miles.

The effect is astir doubling the vigor depletion with specified a trailer:

I was capable to tow the Airstream astir 30 miles contiguous and recognize however the Lightning does with immoderate value down it. The TL;DR is that with a 23-foot Airstream, I americium seeing 0.8mi/kWh. Compared to the 1.5-1.8 I person seen connected my roadworthy trips frankincense acold without the trailer, it’s astir 50% of the scope erstwhile towing.

That’s astir fractional the scope that you would get without immoderate towing.

We did a speedy tow trial successful our first-drive reappraisal of the F-150 Lightning, and we got amended ratio than with a ample Airstream trailer, but we weren’t allowed to spell connected roads with implicit 40 mph velocity limit, which is going to positively impact efficiency.

Other than the vigor consumption, the proprietor was satisfied with the remainder of the towing experience. The braking was good, and helium noted that regenerative braking was automatically applied, adjacent though one-pedal driving is not imaginable successful tow mode.

Electrek’s Take

This is astir what we expected, and I cognize this is not satisfactory to galore people, but the information is that this is inactive a utile scope for galore applications.

Also, this 100-mile oregon truthful scope that you tin execute portion towing 6,000 pounds is going to outgo you a batch little than it would successful a gas-powered truck.

So portion yes, this is not for everyone, it volition inactive fulfill the needs of galore motortruck owners and alteration them to spell electric.

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