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Poll: How Much Range Is Acceptable For The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning?

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After months of legal drama, teasers, leaks, and a few prototype sightings, we finally received confirmation of the 2023 Ford F-150 electric pickup’s – or 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning as it’s officially called – existence, as well as a reveal date set for next Wednesday, May 19th. Ford also released a short teaser video and one image of the first-ever all-electric pickup, but that’s all we get for now.

It goes without saying, however, that the success of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning hinges on a number of factors, or numbers, really. As we discussed earlier this week, that includes how much it will cost. Electric vehicles are known to be more expensive than their ICE-powered counterparts, which has been a big obstacle in EV adoption. Regardless, our poll shows that most of our readers would be willing to pay $50,000-$60,000 for the electrified Lightning – which is not an insignificant amount.

Now, we want to discuss the second most important factor related to the potential success of the all-electric Ford F-150 – range. Many pickup truck drivers embark on long road trips or simply drive further on a daily basis than the average vehicle owner, oftentimes while towing trailers or hauling heavy loads. Thus, range could arguably be the most important factor in the electric F-150’s acceptance among truck buyers.

First, we must take a look at the competitive landscape to decide what is reasonable. The Rivian R1T will launch with a 300-mile battery pack, with a 400-mile battery pack option coming next year. The GMC Hummer EV pickup will launch with a 350+ mile range, with lower-range variants coming later on. A future Chevrolet Silverado EV will reportedly offer 400 miles of range. The Lordstown Endurance will launch with an estimated 250-mile range, while the Tesla Cybertruck promises to top all comers with a 500+ mile range for the tri-motor version.

Looking at these figures, it seems as if the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will need to offer buyers 300 miles of range, at a bare minimum, though we’d argue that it should at least match the Silverado – its long-time cross-town rival – with upwards of 400 miles of range. This should be possible given the large surface area the F-150 presents underneath, with plenty of space for a large battery pack.

Regardless, we want to know what our loyal Ford Authority readers think is an acceptable range for the electrified F-150, so we’ve included a poll below to gauge everyone’s opinion. So be sure and cast a vote in the poll, then elaborate on your choice in the comments section below. We look forward to reading your responses!

We’ll have much more on the 2023 F-150 Lightning soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, F-150 Lightning news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. If it’s under 400 miles I would view that as a huge fail. Especially considering when towing that would likely drop to 200 miles depending on load. I expect 400+ in standard form and with an additional battery pack option in the bed to push it over 500.

    • I’m in agreement. It needs to be comparable in range with the current ICE models both while towing and unburdened. It might even see greater interest if it can surpass them.
      I expect there’s a lot of room for a lot of battery under the F-150 and I like the idea of being able to select an add-on that would increase range. There are already tow-along devices for some smaller cars that act as additional battery modules.

      • Couldn’t it be possible to have a reverse hybrid? I mean Ford has a 3.5 twin turbo eco boost engine with an electric motor attached and a 7.2 kw power supply in the bed. Couldn’t it be possible to have the electric motor where the 3.5 currently sits and have some on-board power supply be a small gas powered engine to use as on-board charging for the electric part while driving down the road? Having like a 15 to 20 gallon fuel tank as a reserve to use for charging the main motor would be great. So if you decide to go boondocking you wouldn’t have to worry about running out of electric. You can always carry a little more gas, but not whole charging station…unless you carried a separate generator.

  2. At least 1,000 miles that can drop to about 500 while towing and charges in less than an hour would be ideal: )

  3. It would need at least 400 miles cause or else towing with a boat on a trip would suck especially since range drops significantly with towing with EVs. However it’s really only Tesla who allows towing and Ford probably has something to make towing easier compared to the Model X but I would prefer about roughly 650 for safe measures and also I would like charging speeds like around what Rivian’s promising with the R1T since I don’t want to spend a hour+ at the charging station while I’m on a almost 5 hour trip with tired crying kids.

  4. A big battery would increase the weight excessively and increase the price. A 200 mile basic range is best, with a 300 mile range as an option. Any farther, just buy the hybrid and spend less .

  5. My 3.5l Eco boost routinely gets 600+ miles per tank and I routinely drive 300+ miles in a day. So those are my expectations. However, range limits might be mitigated by the availability and speed of charging.

  6. I’d say 300-400 miles with a 5000 lb trailer. I’m not sure how much that translates to unloaded, but I’d guess it’s around 600 miles unloaded. I always take half hour rest for every 6 hours of driving, so 300-400 miles would usually be my effective range.

  7. Someone explain to me why an alternator, or multiple alternators, can’t be attached to a rotating assembly, axle, driveshaft, something, to just charge while driving like a traditional i.c.e. vehicle does now. Then you would have virtually unlimited range.

  8. I pull a RV, which is why I ordered a 2021 F-150 full Hybrid. An electric vehicle without at least a 400 mile range is almost useless to me

  9. If an alternator works fine to charge a battery, why don’t we use one in an Electric Car?
    The two main reasons are:
    1) An E.V. doesn’t have an engine
    2) There’s a BETTER device to use than an alternator.

    Remember, the ENERGY that powers the alternator is actually the mechanical energy created by the engine through combustion of fossil fuel. An electric car doesn’t have an engine or gas/diesel fuel. Instead, it has an electric motor and rechargeable battery. We COULD use the battery to spin the motor to spin the alternator to generate electricity. BUT at best, we would simply be using electricity to make electricity. Even worse, there are still losses on the way. Conversion losses often show up as heat, but noise and vibration as well. Essentially, using an alternator powered by an electric motor, we could only ever make a smaller amount of electricity than we started with. (If we could create an equal amount or more, we would have a Perpetual Motion Machine.) However, we COULD make a different voltage. An electric car battery pack is typically over 300VDC, whereas we only need a 12V system for headlights, radio, and other accessories.

    • It still has a rotating assembly, be it the spinning electric motor itself, driveshaft, or axle. There is something rotating that a belt, pulley, and alternator could be attached to in order to create a charging system. An alternator/generator doesn’t need gas or diesel or combustion of fossil fuel, it simply creates energy by spinning. So I still don’t understand, with today’s technology, why we can’t make an alternator (or multiple) attached to a rotating assembly that any and every vehicle has, to make a virtually perpetual motion machine.

  10. 50000 to 60000 is just to much for a work truck I want a ev but comeon most of my vehicles dident cost over 20000 honestly it’s getting ridiculous. Justsayin

  11. Adding anything on that generates electricity from the movement of the vehicle will also increase the demand on the electric motor. There’s a reason perpetual motion doesn’t exist. It violates the law of conservation of energy: Energy can neither be created or destroyed. It can only be changed from one form to another. The potential energy in the battery is converted by the motor into kinetic energy which moves the vehicle. An alternator would simply require the electric motor to work harder, and waste even more energy. If it was 100% efficient, nothing would change whether it was there or not (the energy used to turn the alternator would 100% be returned to the battery). It won’t ever be 100% efficient though. There’s friction. Lots of wasted energy is converted into heat.

    Now, some energy can be moved back into the battery via things like regenerative braking. It slows the vehicle down by converting the vehicle’s kinetic energy (movement) back into potential stored energy in the battery. It’s not 100% efficient either, and only works while slowing down.

  12. Just filled up the wife’s F-150 3.5 Ecoboost….. With the MPG she was getting, it SHOWED 691 MILES TO EMPTY…
    Ev cant match or beat that!!!! NO WAY!!!!!!!
    I’ll stick with the ICE…
    She travels to the Northeast couple times a year !!! 1300 miles each way. It would take her 3-4 days…. NOT!!!! 2 days now & only because shes tired.
    When we both drive, we drive straight thru!!!!
    EV… 3-4 DAYS AGAIN… WAITING FOR A CHARGE.
    AND WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC JAM WITH THE AIR ON. HAVE SAT IN JAMS BETWEEN EXIRS FIR AN HOUR + AT TIMES…
    NAH…. ” CHANGE MY MIND” ….. ha-hahahahahahaha

  13. I have nothing against ev vechicles……but USA…doesnt need to ban the ice engine cold turkey…..if they do….and battery tech is no better than it is now….people will hang on to there existing ice powered cars and trucks…and if they think there is a shortage of used cars now….just wait…cars and light suvs seem better suited to evs right now….people going to work 8 to 5…usually dont drive over 200 miles a day….but a truck….needs to be hybrid….until fast charging can be done…or some other tech…to get job done…

  14. it needs to be able to tow a trailer to the jobsight or the wilderness and back in a single day comfortably. 650 mile “rating” minimum for mass adoption…

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