Ford F-150 Lightning SuperTruck Has A Rather Small Battery

The Ford F-150 Lightning debuted for the 2022 model year touting a rather large battery pack underneath, which is typical of larger, heavier EVs these days. In standard range form, the Lightning comes equipped with a a 98 kWh battery pack giving it an EPA estimated range of 230 miles, while extended range models utilize a larger, 131 kWh pack that gives it 320 estimated miles of range. However, the automaker’s latest EV demonstrator – the Ford F-150 Lightning SuperTruck – gets by with a far smaller battery pack, it seems.

When it was officially unveiled a couple of weeks ago, The Blue Oval didn’t give us too many details about the Ford F-150 Lightning SuperTruck, save for some photos of the wild, heavily-winged machine. However, earlier this week, the automaker shed some light

on the pickup’s powertrain, which consists of three STARD UHP 6-Phase Motors and Ultra-High Performance Li-Polymer NMC cells, generating a combined 1,400+ horsepower.

However, the battery pack in the F-150 Lightning SuperTruck only offers up 50 kWh of usable capacity, which is considerably less than its less powerful road going counterparts. At the same time, that battery pack can discharge an astounding 1,500 kW of power to the SuperTruck’s trio of electric motors, and the regen system can also add another 600 kW of power back to the battery as well.

Given the fact that the Ford F-150 Lightning SuperTruck was designed specifically to tackle the 12.5-mile Pikes Peak International Hill Climb taking place this weekend, that’s more than enough juice. Compared to its road-going counterpart, the SuperTruck is more concerned with extracting maximum power with as little a weight penalty as possible, and when Ford does need to charge it, the EV racer can do so at a rate of 400 kW thanks to its 900-volt charging box.

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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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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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  • Man 3-6 phase motors seems like a needless complication.

    I can kinda see a six phase fast charger, but it seems only Porsche uses them at their dealerships.

  • Because the rear doesn't have one and they didn't do it for ground effect? With the car more stuck to the ground, you could even remove the wing!

  • The latest information on electric vehicles ; if the battery runs out of juice, the locks prevent the doors from opening. Wow, on a hot day , you can't get out. You could die in an electric auto !

    • So, I recommend that you don't buy one. I never understand people who trash products they've never purchased and that they don't plan on purchasing. I don't trash Challengers because their shortcomings are pretty self-evident and I couldn't be paid to own one.