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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Cost Savings Backed Up By New DOE Study

One of the biggest selling points of electric vehicles is their low maintenance and fuel costs, both for normal consumers and fleet customers. That’s something that was touted when the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro was revealed last month as well. Now, a new Department of Energy (DOE) study backs up automaker’s initial claims about the Ford F-150 Lightning Pro cost savings with some interesting data.

The study takes a look at every single maintenance item related to both ICE and BEV light-duty vehicles, then calculates an estimated scheduled maintenance cost for each. Unsurprisingly, since BEVs lack many of the wear components present in ICE vehicles – including things like spark plugs, oil, timing belts, sensors, and more – maintenance costs are considerably lower for electric vehicles – 6.1 cents per mile for BEVs, versus 10.1 cents per mile for light-duty ICE vehicles.

These numbers are contingent on a variety of factors, of course, including the use of the vehicle and downright luck. Regardless, the data gives us a good idea of what we can save, on average, by driving an electric vehicle instead of one that’s gas-powered. It also jives with what Ford Motor Company previously reported regarding the Ford F-150 Lightning Pro cost savings.

The automaker claims that the Lightning Pro can reduce scheduled maintenance costs by 40 percent over eight years and 100,000 miles when compared to a Ford F-150 equipped with the automaker’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6 over the same timeframe and mileage interval. The DOE estimates a 39.6 percent reduction in maintenance costs, which is about as close as these estimates can possibly get.

Fleets can also factor in additional savings from using electricity versus fuel, which is cheaper, particularly when charging at a company’s physical location rather than using a third-party charging station. Plus, fleet customers will also have access to Ford’s new digital fleet planning tool, which can help them monitor and reduce costs in a number of other areas as well.

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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. g

    those brake service numbers look high since most braking is done through regen on BEVs

  2. Thurston Munn

    Typical BS !! Doesn’t take into account initial cost of the vehicle or the cost to install charging stations for them at home or businesses. Nor does it account for lost time during the work day for recharges.

    1. Ford Owner

      The initial cost is the same as for a gas truck, since its pricing starts at $40,000. Any electrical outlet is a charging station. So it can charge almost anwhere. Charging is done overnight. You are very limited in knowing how electric trucks work. Go and get educated.

      1. Michael D Kirk

        In fairness, I don’t think you can recharges a battery the size of this or the Cybertruck overnight via a standard household plug. My kids Leaf is a solid 8 hours on the standard 120 volt and that is a tiny battery by comparison. Getting enough juice will require some sort of dedicated charger and associated circuitry. Not that that is a huge challenge nowadays, but no you can’t just plug it in next to your can opener

        You are very limited in knowing how household wiring works. Go and get educated.

        1. Thurston Munn

          Michael, you are exactly right. All the recharge cords and connections I have seen are a 208/230v 1 phase which is definitely not a std.115v household plug configuration which are only rated for about 15/20 amps. The higher voltages also allow for higher amperage charging which is far more efficient.

  3. Mark B

    Well, let’s just say the maintenance costs are backloaded until the battery pack has to be replaced. Even if the first user unloads it prior to this occurring, someone is going to have to deal with it.

    1. Ford Owner

      Ford batteries last quite long. My 2014 Fusion Hybrid will be eight years old in September but its traction battery is still as good as new. The F150 Lightning will have a larger but much better battery. It will last more than ten years.

  4. Donald D stettnisch

    Not sure about fords fully electric battery pack
    But there are stories of tesla batteries with 200k to 400k w/still alot of battery life
    I’ll be a oil burner forever but I do see the future in bevs

  5. Jakob

    Could we get a link to the study?


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