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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Underwent Cold Weather Testing In Alaska

With many questions surrounding EVs and their ability to function properly in extreme temperatures, automakers like Ford have put a major emphasis on torture testing those vehicles. We’ve seen this in the past with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which was subjected to plenty of winter testing and snow-filled roads, as well as hammers and robot butts during the development process. Well over a year ago, we also saw an early 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning prototype romping through the snow, and now, FoMoCo has shed some light on the all-electric pickup’s torturous cold-weather testing process in Alaska.

Engineers spent a total of two weeks at a restricted airbase in Alaska behind the wheel of six 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production prototypes in temperatures as low as -30 degrees completing what the automaker calls “low-mu” testing, which measures how well an EV’s powertrain responds to snow and ice and adjusts power delivery accordingly. This allowed engineers to fine-tune those systems on the fly during 12-hour days to ensure that the F-150 Lightning can adjust power to all four wheels within milliseconds when it senses wheel slip, as well as maximize the vehicle’s efficiency.

“F-150 Lightning in the snow is a very different ballgame compared to gas vehicles,” said Nick Harris, F-150 Lightning powertrain engineer. “The responses are extremely quick and the dual motors make it as if you have two engines pumping out power in one vehicle. A lot of our work is to coordinate the two motors to work together to best deliver torque to the ground so that customers who drive in the snow and ice ultimately feel very confident.”

While Alaska’s winters are a bit harsher than what most owners will experience, Ford also cold-weather tested the F-150 Lightning in a number of other cold-weather climates including the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the automaker’s Michigan proving grounds, Johnson Valley, and Borrego Springs.

The fact that the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will be a fantastic winter vehicle only adds to the appeal of a vehicle that is already one of the most considered electrified vehicles on the market, though finding a deal on one (or finding one in general) could prove to be difficult at first, due to high demand and limited supply. Regardless, the first scheduled for production emails have already been sent out to customers, meaning that the F-150 Lightning is on track for a spring launch, as expected.

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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. Michael Fornetti

    So……….. what happens to range at -30?

    1. Joe

      Probably the same as the unhappy Mach E owners, 130 miles and poor heat.

    2. Bill Kircher

      loss of 35% as the temperature becomes single digit and below zero F.

  2. Steve

    Just the nature of batteries. Cold zaps them. High heat zaps them. No different than the battery in my truck. Big difference is my gas powered truck, no matter how cold, I still get 400+ miles on a tank. Oh and if I do run out of gas, I call AAA and they bring me some gas and away I go. These battery powered tricks, well lets just say, you’re not going anywhere on your own. That flatbed tow truck will take you where you wan to go. Price of that tow truck I could fill my tank 5 times.

  3. Mike Scarpelli

    Glad the trucks drive well in the snow but didn’t see anything about cold weather range and that has been the problem with BEV’s. Can’t believe they went to all that trouble and didn’t test that!

  4. Rich G

    That’s strange about you not being notified yet. I put my deposit down 3 weeks after availability and I got notified 2 weeks ago. I ordered the Lariat with a few extras. Maybe you just didn’t get pre qualified. As far as the milage goes? Apparently, the Lightning was tested with a 1000lb load and that’s how they got the 300 mile range. It wouldn’t be surprising to find that the lightning, without that extra weight gets about the same 400+ miles that GM is claiming its Silverado will get. Either way, I’m not concerned

  5. csmith

    I’m interested in the lighting, however how are my employees going to charge these vehicles from their apartment or home? How do I reimburse them for charging? There needs to be a small generator on board for long trips, towing, and employees. Until then my vote is no. A generator would be a very fuel efficient option

  6. Joe Livesay

    I want lightening no dealers will take orders for them that’s a black ball don’t understand new technology scared folks


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