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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Largely Passes Max Payload Test: Video

Since the day it debuted, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has been marketed as a real truck, one capable of towing and hauling considerably heavy loads with ease. As the EV pickup just launched mere weeks ago, we’re beginning to see it tested in these sorts of conditions, including one that determined how much range the F-150 Lightning lost following the installation of a leveling kit and bigger wheels and tires, as well as another test that proved it can charge five other EVs at once with no issues. Now, the folks behind the Out of Spec Motoring YouTube channel are once again putting their 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning to the test – this time, to see how it performs at its max payload capacity.

In this particular test, the crew loads the bed of the F-150 Lightning with a water tank and adds 133 gallons of water to it, which equates to 1,100 pounds of payload when combined with the driver and passenger in the cabin. However, the Lightning’s Onboard Scales feature says that the truck is actually over-weighted with 1,600 pounds of payload, which the team attributes to the fact that perhaps the scales aren’t entirely accurate.

Regardless, they set off on the highway, traveling at speeds of 70 miles-per-hour to see how the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning performs with a heavy load in the bed. Unladen, the truck achieved efficiency of 1.9 miles per kilowatt hour, and that number dropped to just 1.8 with all this extra weight loaded up.

That’s an extremely minimal effect on the truck’s efficiency, and in fact, a rather surprising one at that. As Out of Spec notes in the video, the Rivian R1T lost seven percent of its efficiency while subjected to this same test, which really puts the Lighting’s performance into perspective, even if its Onboard Scales didn’t really prove to be terribly accurate.

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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. Richard

    I don’t think the trucks scale is off that much. 133 gallons of water is 1104 plus the container is at least 50, probably more, and two 200 pound passengers is 1554 pounds.

  2. Dan

    133 gallons of water actually weigh 1103.9 lbs by itself (1 gal of water weighs 8.3lbs), adding 350-400lbs for the two passengers and whatever the metal frame of the water container, and the container itself weighs would put that very close to 1600lbs total.

  3. Exactly, the “payload” referenced here is basically just the weight of the water alone that was added at 8.3 lbs. per gallon, for 133 gallons that comes to 1,103.9 lbs. and like Richard points out above, then you add the weight of large container that held the water which is about 130 lbs. for a 275 gallon capacity tank similar to the one pictured in the bed of the truck according to a web site that sells them, and two passengers at approx.. 200 lbs. each which all total 1,633.9…..and lets say for the benefit of the doubt the passengers actually weighed 185 lbs. each, well that comes to 1,603.9 pounds. You can’t get much closer then that. Somebody is not doing doing their math correctly or the numbers where not presented correctly.


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