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Stellar Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck EPA battery range estimates beat the Rivian R1T

The F-150 Lightning trims (image: Ford)
The F-150 Lightning trims (image: Ford)
Ford managed to beat its own F-150 Lightning range on a charge specs in the EPA range estimate tests by 20 miles with a top 320-mile number for the XLT, Lariat or Pro versions. Thus, the F-150 Lightning models with extended-range battery manage to outlast their direct competitor, the Rivian R1T electric truck.

Ford is about to become the most ambitious American carmaker when it comes to the electrification of its fleet. It already split in two companies - Ford Blue for traditional gas-powered vehicles and Model E for electric cars - pledging US$50 billion in total towards its 2030 EV production goals. On other fronts of Ford's electrification success, the Mustang Mach-E overpowered Tesla's Model 3 as a Consumer Reports' top pick, while Ford was forced to mandate that dealers don't allow customers to resell the F-150 Lightning for a year after purchase. Ford's first electric pickup truck proved very popular during its preorder period and it just became clear that its market success hasn't been premature.

The results from the long-awaited Ford F-150 Lightning EPA range estimate battery tests have now become official for all models and trims of the electric pickup, and the range on a charge that they managed to pull off are really impressive. First off, the F-150 Lightning EPA range tests cleared some confusion about the various models and trims. The F-150 Lightning Pro with a larger, extended-range battery, for instance, turned out to be for commercial fleets only indeed, in line with Ford's warnings that the Pro won't be available in a retail version.

Here are all the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck EPA range test miles covered on a single battery charge:

  • F-150 Lightning XLT extended range: 320 miles
  • F-150 Lightning Lariat extended range: 320 miles
  • F-150 Lightning Pro extended range (fleets): 320 miles
  • F-150 Lightning Platinum extended range: 300 miles
  • F-150 Lightning Pro standard range: 230 miles
  • F-150 Lightning XLT standard range: 230 miles
  • F-150 Lightning Lariat standard range: 230 miles 

The 320-mile EPA range estimate of the F-150 Lightning XLT and Lariat trims make them some of the longest-range electric vehicles money can buy in the U.S. at the moment. For comparison, the much ballyhooed Rivian R1T electric pickup that is currently available to order has a 314-mile EPA range estimate. Ford manages to pull off the same combined highway and city 70 MPGe efficiency equivalent as the Rivian R1T, despite its electric truck being more affordable. Ford's pickup EV is slated to enter mass production soon, with the first F-150 Lightning deliveries expected to hit customer driveways later in the spring.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2022-03-22 (Update: 2022-03-22)