Skip to main content

The Ford F-150 Lightning is certainly one of the most interesting new vehicles in the market. Like every car, truck, or SUV on the road, the Lightning requires fuel to drive. In this case, that fuel is electricity. It’s not a secret that EV charging stations aren’t as plentiful as gas stations, but can this truck go places where there aren’t any public chargers?

Where is the TFL Truck team taking the Ford F-150 Lightning?

Starting in Colorado, the goal of the TFL Truck team is to drive the Lightning to Dead Horse, Alaska. Along the way, they intend to cut as much of the charging need as possible. For starters, they will use a ferry boat to take the Ford Lightning from Washington to Alaska. Once back on land, it’s all about the rough terrain. Will there be enough charging locations for this electric truck?

How can an EV truck go where charging isn’t offered?

Red 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV Truck
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

This is a great question, and during the first episode of their adventure, the TFL Truck team shows us their plan. The first part of solving the charging dilemma is to have the right charging equipment on board.

A typical home outlet offering no more than 120 volts of power isn’t going to get the job done. As the team demonstrates, it could take up to five days to charge the Lightning this way. Instead, a Nema 1450 charger plugged into a 240-volt outlet offers enough power to allow this Ford electric truck to charge overnight.

The difference between these two charging presents the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 charging. Modern electric vehicles can use Level 1, but it takes days instead of overnight to recharge batteries.

How will the Ford F-150 Lightning charge up when electricity isn’t available?

Promo shot of a construction worker's hands plugging a 220-volt cable into the Ford F-150 PowerBoost's Pro Power inverter.
Ford F-150 PowerBoost | Ford

The TFL team anticipates situations where they won’t have access to electricity. When this happens, they will turn to a Ford F-150 hybrid with the Pro Power onboard charger. Using an adapter connected to their charging cable, the hybrid truck can provide electric power to the Lightning. Of course, this should only be done in emergencies, as this team points out.

What is Ford Pro Power onboard?

This system is an onboard generator that can power your home appliances in an emergency or provide power to an EV to give it enough electricity to get it to the next electrical hookup. In the test offered by TFL Truck, the hybrid Ford F-150 with Pro Power onboard uses about one gallon of gas per hour to charge the Ford F-150 Lightning. The charging speed returned is approximately four percent per hour.

How much does a fully electric F-150 Lightning cost?

Ford F-150 Lightning fuel economy worst EV
Ford F-150 Lightning | John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The base MSRP for the Ford F-150 Lightning Pro is $41,769. The top of the range is the Platinum trim which costs $90,474, while the XLT sits in the middle at $52,974.

What’s the driving range of a Ford F-150 Lightning?

The standard range battery package delivers 230 miles of driving, while the extended range battery pack gives you 320 miles of range. The extended range battery also offers 580 horsepower compared to 452 for the standard battery.

Will the TFL Truck team make it to Dead Horse?

Dead Horse, Alaska, is one of the northernmost points with drivable roads in the country. Check back for updates to see if the TFL team makes it to Dead Horse and what some of their challenges are along the way.

Next, find out how your new car could be a national security risk, or watch the TFL Truck team put a camper on their Ford F-150 Lightning in the video below:


This Strange Chevy Silverado Will Make You Take a Second Look