The first American customers have been delivered their long-awaited Ford F-150 Lightning, after long months of waiting. The feedback is generally good and an American driver has just tested the towing of a 2.7 ton caravan! Almost the weight of the pick-up.
One of the most anticipated electric pickups of the year, the Ford F-150 Lightning, is starting to ship to the first US customers. With enticing technical characteristics and a hard-to-beat price/performance ratio, it is a consistent choice for many enthusiasts of these large vehicles. But if you plan to tow a caravan or any other relatively heavy object, expect to have to stop much more often to reload.
Announced with a range of between 370 and 483 kilometers in the EPA cycle, going on a mop with the Ford F-150 Lightning poses, a priori, no problem. However, while the consumption of the pick-up is around 350 Wh/km empty, one owner noticed that its consumption soared to reach 780 Wh/km once he had hitched up his caravan of seven meters long and 2.7 tonnes to its new vehicle.
To give an order of magnitude, this would come to considering that a full battery of Tesla Model 3 or Tesla Model Y would be emptied in less than 100 kilometers with such consumption. Thus, if the F-150 Lightning and its battery of more than 130 kWh can indeed travel 400 kilometers empty, once the vehicle tows a caravan of 2.7 tons, it will take less than 200 kilometers to find itself in quest of a fast charger.
A problem that also arises with thermal cars
This is not necessarily a surprise for those familiar with caravans, since even on thermal vehicles, consumption soars. Especially sinceit is here a question of a caravan with a very important weight since the whole brings us to nearly 6 tons ! However, it is important to keep this in mind when making a purchase. More and more electric cars offer a hitch to tow a trailer, caravan or other vehicle, however manufacturers rarely communicate on the impact this can have on autonomy and consumption.
A reduction in range of 50% is not negligible, but this figure will depend on the shape and weight of the towed trailer. The Ford F-150 is therefore no exception to the rule, but its owner has indicated that he is very satisfied with it, even when towing his caravan. The ease with which the powertrain – while towing over 2.7 tonnes – handled regenerative braking was impressive, he says, which is one of the many advantages of an electric vehicle over its combustion engine counterpart. The only constraint, faced with a thermal vehicle, will be to find charging stations to fill the battery without unhooking the caravan. But as our colleagues at Electrek remind us, it will cost you less to tow a caravan with an electric vehicle than with its thermal version.
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