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EV RANGE TEST: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning shoots down Rivian R1T

The larger battery doesn’t just come with range benefits, by the way; it also determines the power output of your Lightning. The standard pack trucks produce 452 horsepower and a massive 775 lb-ft of torque, so no shame there. However, the extended-range battery boosts peak output to 580 hp (the 775 lb-ft remains unchanged). That kind of power propelled our massive Platinum test truck to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat on our test track. Bruh…

But we focus here on range. The EPA projects a range of 300 miles for the Platinum F-150 (320 miles for the XLT and Lariat models with the larger battery), which is right there with Rivian’s official 314-mile estimate. Now, we’ve already seen the Rivian validate its EPA range estimate, albeit by a hair. Would the e-juice F-150 follow? Would it ever!

Testing the F-150 Lightning in the real world

Edmunds tests every new EV on the same real-world driving loop to see how far it can go on a full charge with zero miles remaining. If you scroll through our EV range rankings, you’ll see that most EVs met or exceeded their EPA range estimates in our tests. A lot of that is down to our ability to test in near-ideal conditions all year round.

Our top-of-the-line 2022 F-150 Lightning Platinum ($93,509 as tested, though the 2022s are sold out and a comparable 2023 will set you back $99,609) automatically checks just about every available option, in addition to having the larger battery as standard. The only two options on our window sticker were the Max Recline seats and the bed liner. While we don’t doubt the Platinum’s extra equipment and luxury over a certain weight, we suspect that the larger 22-inch wheels and tires are to blame for the ‘s lower range and efficiency ratings. EPA vs. XLT and Lariat.

On test day, we inflated these pizza-tray-sized wheels to factory-recommended pressures of 42 psi and rolled the Lightning on the scale, recording an official weight of 6,871 pounds. In case it wasn’t obvious, it’s heavy. That’s nearly 1,100 pounds more than Edmunds’ long-range F-150 Hybrid weighed, though it’s still lighter than our dimensionally smaller Rivian R1T Launch Edition, which tipped the scales at 7,069 pounds – carrying a total of four electric motors will do that to a truck.

We spent many hours at the helm of our 2022 Lightning with a slightly sweaty upper lip thanks to an average ambient temperature of 81 degrees (that’s hot for us), and in the end we had logged a total of 332 verified miles by GPS, which is about 10 miles more than what we saw on the Lightning’s on-board trip odometer. That’s a whopping 32 miles more than the EPA estimate, or a 10.7% improvement.

Remarkably, the Lightning’s 332-mile performance outperforms the two Rivian R1T Launch Editions we tested, the former at 317 miles on 21-inch wheels and the latter (our long-term test truck) at 323 miles on its 20 inch wheels with off-road tires. That’s right – an F-150 stuffed full of battery cells just took down the Rivian R1T. Well done, Ford. Good game.