Underpromise and overdeliver. That is a method that product planners depend on, even within the automotive world. Again in muscle automobile days, automakers would set up big high-compression V8 engines that truly produced much more energy than was marketed. Extra lately, BMW is believed to have underrated the turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engines utilized in lots of its autos, and Porsche’s Taycan electrical automobile is thought to ship considerably extra vary than its official ranking. Now, based on well-known tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee, the Ford F-150 Lightning’s vary is more likely to be manner higher than marketed.
Ford is quoting the vary of a totally charged Lightning at 300 miles, however, based on Brownlee, that is with 1,000 kilos of payload within the mattress. Now we have zero affirmation of this truth from the automaker (although we’re keenly to listen to it for ourselves), however to again up this declare, Brownlee reveals on video that the truck he toured displayed 367 miles of obtainable vary with about 80% of full capability accessible. Do the mathematics and meaning the Lightning Brownlee sat in should boast round 460 miles or vary on a full cost.
The truck featured within the video above is a high-end Platinum-grade mannequin that’s fitted with the extended-range battery pack. The bottom battery within the Lightning carries a manufacturer-estimated vary of 230 miles, so it is going to be fascinating to see if this extra precise vary may prolong to the standard-range pack, too. In any case, the Lightning seems to be a powerful product from the Blue Oval, and one that might probably be one of many autos that lastly tilts the shopping for equation within the path of electrical energy within the minds of new-car consumers.