A Lightning Platinum boasts 300 miles range not towing anything.
A Ford F-150 Lightning owner shared on the “Ford F-150 EV Lightning Owner’s Group” how, when he hooked up his triple axle trailer and wake boat to his electric truck with a full charge, he only managed to make it a full 58-miles.
Check out a screenshot of his post below.
Although the Lightning owner does not give specifics, a bit of Googling brings up some relevant facts.
The boat in the picture is a Supra SE 450 Wake Boat with a dry weight of 6,150 pounds.
Typical triple-axle trailers weigh between 1,300 and 1,600 pounds.
Without gas, other fluids, and miscellaneous items, he was towing at least 7,450 pounds.
According to Ford,
“The F-150 Lightning can tow up to an impressive 10,000 lbs, specifically when it’s equipped with the Extended Range battery, with a max payload of up to 2,000 with the basic battery pack. “
In the comments he mentions his Lightning is the top-of-the-line Platinum trim which comes with the upgraded 131 kWh battery pack (as opposed to the standard 98 kWh one.)
According to at least one other Lightning Platinum owner towing a 6,000 pound Airstream earlier this year, he noticed a 50 percent reduction in range (.8 miles/kWh.)
That works out to a 104-mile range if he ran his battery to zero.
TFL truck, also in a Lightning with the bigger battery towing a less aerodynamic but comparably heavy 6,000-pound trailer cried uncle and pulled into a charging station with 9 percent battery left. They made it 88 miles.
TFL claims they could’ve squeezed out 9 more miles on what was left.
When our wake boat towing Lightning owner was asked why he decided to tow a boat that far, he responded, “I live 28 miles from the lake.”
It’s fair to assume if he had the standard range F-150 Lightning, the trip would’ve been a no-go.
It’s worth noting Lightning Platinums start out at around $91,000.
Gas powered Ford’s F-150, even with the 2.7L Ecoboost (arguably the Lightning Platinum EV’s equivalent when it comes to pure towing) can also tow upwards of 10,100 pounds but is considerably cheaper at around $33,000.
With a 7,000 pound trailer, TFL Truck was able to eke out 8.7 MPG with the 2.7 Ecoboost which, even with F-150’s smaller 23-gallon fuel tank, gives it a 200-mile range.
It’s reasonable to presume a similar range between 175-200 miles towing a slightly heavier, less aerodynamic load (e.g. a wake boat.)
An F-150 with the larger 3.5L Ecoboost, 3.5L Ecoboost+Hybrid, or 5.0L V8 all would’ve made quick work of that 7,100+ pound wake boat+trailer combo at a considerable discount (compared to a $90,000 electric Lightning.)
It’s clear, while the F-150 Lightning can tow as much as a regular gas truck, unless you live close to your lake of choice, it would behoove you to choose a gas truck when towing heavy.