If you don’t mind charging using your 120V outlet, here’s what you can expect.
While you can install a Ford Connected Charge station and charge station pro for 48-amp and 80-amp charging capabilities at home, you can easily charge from your 32-amp dryer socket or a regular 120 volt outlet using a regular Ford Mobile Charger.
Over a 120 volt outlet, it would take 3 days to fully charge a Ford Lightning with a Standard Range Battery and over 4 days if you have an Extended-Range Battery. At 3 miles of range an hour, an overnight charge only adds about 24 miles of range.
Here’s all the ways you can charge your Ford Lightning.
Here’s a handy, unofficial chart with some rough maths for what you can expect charging from a regular 120 volt plug. I’ll update this chart, accordingly when official info is available.
|Standard 230 miles (115 kwh/125 kwh||Extended 300 miles (155 kwh/170 kwh)|
|Hours till full charge (12 amps at 120V)||76-80 Hours||100-107 Hours|
|Per hour||3 miles an hour||3 miles an hour|
|Overnight 8 hrs- miles range added||24 miles||24 miles|
According to Inside EVS, since Ford has not published official battery information, IE estimated the battery size for Standard and Extended range to be 125 kwh and 170 kwh or, 115 kwh net and 155 kwh net.
To put that into perspective, here are some battery sizes of other EVs and an iPhone. The Ford Lightning has one of the largest lithium ion battery packs of any EV today.
- Tesla Model S- 100 kwh
- Nissan Leaf- 40-60 kwh
- Chevrolet Volt- 18.6 kwh
- Prius Prime Electric Hybrid- 8.8 kwh
- iPhone X- .01 kwh
While a regular outlet can output 15 amps, it’s commonly known home outlets will only output up to 12 amps.
12 x 120 volts = 1.4 kwh.
Assuming your Ford Lightning is almost out of range, although not ideal, you can theoretically charge your Lightning to full constantly charging 3-4 days.
Reasons someone might not want (or need) to charge using 240V at home include short commutes, can’t feasibly install 240V (apartment,) cheap electricity (where taking advantage of off-peak hours isn’t financially necessary,) the Ford Lightning is not your daily, or you don’t have local incentives to install a home charger (or don’t want to drop $1,000 to have one installed.)
You also simply might be lazy.
If you really want a Ford Lightning, having a 240 volt charging option at home isn’t mandatory, but recommended. You can own a Ford Lightning and charge it over a regular 120 volt outlet, no problem. It’ll just take a long time.