The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will likely be hitting the showroom flooring inside a matter of days, and whereas a lot of the car’s capabilities have been mentioned, defined, and debated right here on InsideEVs and on different information websites, little or no has been discovered about how properly the car will cost, outdoors of the fundamental information that Ford has offered.
Right here on InsideEVs have been recognized for our EV charging deep dives, extra so than another electrical car website, and Ford has been noticing. Whereas I used to be on the F-150 Lightning First Drive occasion, each Darren Palmer, Ford’s vice chairman of Electrical Car Applications, and Linda Zhang, the F-150 Lightning’s Chief Engineer, offered me with charging information for the Lightning and instructed me they needed me to be the primary particular person to view it as a result of we do such good charging evaluation.
It was a line chart that had that charging energy in relation to the state of cost and likewise charging time, so it wasn’t one thing we might simply publish with out changing it to the kind of charging curve that most individuals are used to viewing.
Ford has already printed that the Lightning with the Prolonged Vary battery pack will recharge from 15% to 80% in 41 minutes. Automobiles fitted with the Normal Vary battery pack will want 45 minutes to perform the identical feat.
Despite the fact that the Normal Vary battery is smaller, it takes longer to cost from 15% to 80% as a result of the utmost charging charge will likely be barely decrease, and the charging curve, much less aggressive. Bigger batteries permit for a better charging charge deeper into the charging curve, which accounts for the slower charging time.
The estimated charging time for the F-150 Lightning with Prolonged Vary battery pack.
We took the information offered by Ford and created our greatest guess on the full charging curve, together with time estimates for your entire 0 to 100% charging session, and put all of it collectively on this video.
Ford is utilizing 400-volt battery structure within the Lightning, as they did with the Mustang Mach-E, resulting in some criticism regarding potential lengthy charging occasions on street journeys. Nonetheless, we discovered the charging curve to be aggressive sufficient to recharge the Lightning in a suitable time-frame for the reason that car will preserve a minimum of 100 kW of charging energy proper as much as 80% state of cost.
There’s undoubtedly room for enchancment, however we consider most homeowners will discover the Lightning will cost rapidly sufficient to permit for long-distance driving, offered they’ve entry to 150 kW or 350 kW DC quick chargers alongside their route.
So take a look at the video and tell us what you assume within the remark part beneath.