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Ford F-150 Lightning Helps Debut All-Electric RV Trailer

Since the debut of the Ford F-150 Lightning and its EV pickup rivals, much ado has been made about the fact that all-electric trucks lose a significant amount of range when towing heavy loads, making them less than ideal for doing precisely that across long distances. However, one potential solution that could rectify this problem are campers or trailers that are also equipped with batteries that can charge those pickups while they’re towing. The latest example of this comes to us from a company called Lightship.

Ford F-150 Lightning Towing Lightship L1 EV RV - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

That organization just revealed the world’s first purpose-built, all-electric recreational vehicle dubbed the Lightship L1, which features battery power, optimized aerodynamics, and a self-propulsion system that enables owners to tow it without suffering any sort of range loss in their EV pickup like the Ford F-150 Lightning, or a fuel economy penalty in the event that they’re driving an ICE vehicle. With a team made up of former Tesla, Rivian, and Lucid employees, Lightship is taking a clean-sheet approach to electrifying RVs.

Lightship L1 EV RV - Interior 001

The Lightship L1 measures in at 27 feet long, 8 feet 6 inches wide, and either 6 feet 9 inches tall when it’s in transit or 10 feet when it’s parked and being used as a camper. Its gross vehicle weight comes in at 7,500 pounds fully loaded, and it can sleep four to six people, depending on configuration. The RV features 80 kWh of onboard battery capacity – combined with 3 kWh of solar power – which can provide up to a week of off-grid power, and features a host of modern amenities inside. The Lightship L1 features an MSRP of $125,000 – or $118,400 with the available tax credit – and production is expected to begin late next year, though interested parties can reserve one for $500 today.

Lightship L1 EV RV - Interior 002

“With 90 percent of the market comprising of towable RVs, we began by creating an all-electric travel trailer that is unlike any RV available today and that is just the beginning,” said Lightship Co-Founder and President Toby Kraus. “We are leveraging our expertise in automotive EV development and design to build a brand that creates delightful outdoor travel experiences for everyone and brings even more people into the pastime of RVing.”

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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. whypac

    So the trailer uses its own power to not diminish the range of the EV-truck towing it. Sounds good for marketing, until you realize that once you drive the EV-truck’s normal maximum range both the truck and trailer now need to be recharged, assuming you can even get the EV-truck’s normal maximum range while towing this trailer.

    Using the F150 Lightning as an example, the truck weighs approximately 6500 lb and has a standard 98kWh battery. The trailer weighs 7500 lb, 1000 lb more than the truck, and has a smaller 80kWh battery. For the trailer to not drain the trucks battery while in transit, the trailer will have to move the entirety of its 1000 lb more weight with a smaller battery. The trailer battery will be out of power before the truck.

    1. Shawn mendez

      It seems more likely it’s an assist and the truck would be providing all the initial acceleration. Perhaps there’s excellent regenerative brakes on the trailer? If they can share power while traveling- or the trailer can be used as a reserve that would also change things

  2. Sam

    Horrible idea. The Lighting can’t tow anything else past 70 miles. It’s not a real truck if it can’t tow a dump trailer, RV, or a boat. Not a surprise MSN had a new article last week about the Lighting not selling well, and it wasn’t due to shortages.

  3. David Dickinson II

    Or, you could take your $125k and purchase 40,000 gallons of gas for your ICE vehicle and see 800,000 more miles of the world.

    Like all the other eco-solutions, they cost more than the problem they solve. The math don’t work.


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