The preproduction trucks were tested in the most challenging conditions.
Ford has released new films demonstrating the hauling capabilities of the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup.
In the case of the XLT and Lariat trims with Extended Range Battery and Max Trailer Tow Package, the vehicle can tow up to 10,000 pounds (4,536 kg). The Platinum can tow up to 8,400 pounds (3,810 kg), while the Pro, XLT, and Lariat models with the Standard Range Battery can tow up to 7,700 lbs (3,810 kg) (3,493 kg).
The manufacturer has tested pre-production vehicles in very challenging conditions to make sure that customers will be able to use the electric F-150 just like the conventional one.
Two particular tests were highlighted in specific:
- TFLTruck’s Ike Gauntlet™ in the winter
- Davis Dam in the summer
The Ford F-150 Lightning was put to the test hauling 10,000 pounds up I-70 in Colorado on the coldest February day in Boulder in 123 years, with temperatures below 0°F (-18°C).
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Last month, Ford engineers took preproduction F-150 Lightnings to what some call the world’s toughest towing test — TFLtruck’s Ike Gauntlet™ towing test — with windchills registering below zero degrees Fahrenheit. The Ike Gauntlet is an 8-mile stretch of I-70 in Colorado that ascends at a 7% incline to a maximum elevation of 11,158-ft. above sea level around the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel.
The Summer test included towing 10,000 lbs (4,536 kg) in the extreme heat of 118 °F (48°C) and at the extreme grades of Davis Dam.
“With ground temperatures reaching a high of 118-degrees Fahrenheit during testing, F-150 Lightning preproduction units towed the same 10,000-pound trailers for multiple loops across the dam. Davis Dam, located on State Route 68 between Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam, ascends from 550 feet elevation to 3,500 feet in 11.4-grueling miles.
Between the two locations, their steep continuous inclines, expressway speeds, and trailers in tow – in this case the truck’s targeted maximum 10,000-pound trailers – make them extremely grueling for EV and gas trucks alike.”
Those are just two examples of the hundreds of hours of rigorous towing testing that the F-150 Lightning has undergone during development, according to Ford.
Ford evaluated towing capacities, which should be adequate for short journeys, which is extremely encouraging. Range may be a limiting factor on longer trips (see the Rivian R1T towing test here), as it may be cut in half or more (compared to the nominal EPA values).
Ford created specific software that estimates the influence of numerous factors on the range in real-time to avoid towing and hauling concerns. We’re looking forward to seeing impartial evaluations of this method.