Ford often leaves out important specifications when it launches a new vehicle, such as an engine’s power output, detailed pricing, or with the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup, battery capacity. We estimated that based on initial charging duration claims, but a Ford spokesperson confirmed to Car and Driver the usable sizes of both available battery packs. The upcoming electric pickup will offer two lithium-ion batteries: a 98.0-kWh Standard Range pack and a 131.0-kWh Extended Range pack.
We report on usable (or net) capacity since that’s the amount of energy an EV can actually draw from the battery to propel itself. Automakers routinely release gross numbers, the amount the pack can technically hold, and if they won’t spill the beans on the pack’s net size, we’ll estimate it based on a few factors.
Ford claims that the F-150 Lightning will offer up to 300 miles of range with the Extended Range battery and 230 miles on the Standard Range pack. Additionally, a post on the F-150 Gen 14 forum found that a stakeholder’s livestream allegedly stated that certain Platinum model trucks would offer 280 miles of range. However, the Ford spokesperson declined to confirm that range estimate. That top-of-the-line model is expected to start around $70,000. Ford also offers standard and extended-range battery configurations in its Mustang Mach-E electric crossover, our inaugural EV of the Year, and its net sizes are 66.0 kWh and 88.0 kWh.
When the F-150 Lightning arrives next year, it will compete against the GMC Hummer EV pickup, which uses a 200.0-kWh Ultium battery and boasts up to 350 miles of range, and the Rivian R1T that’s EPA estimated at 314 miles.
Orders are scheduled to open next month, and Ford says that reservation holders will receive emails inviting them to place orders. More details on the F-150 Lightning will come next month as well, which should include full pricing details—it’s likely to start around $42,000.