The Tesla Cybertruck Beats the Ford Lightning’s Range by Miles

Today’s truck battle feels like it’s from a science fiction universe because it involves two futuristic electric trucks. The Tesla Cybertruck is facing a new rival known as the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. But the Tesla truck may have a few advantages. 

The Tesla Cybertruck vs. the Ford F-150 Lightning 

The 2021 Tesla Cybertruck driving down the road
2021 Tesla Cybertruck | Tesla

One major issue facing electric trucks is ranger anxiety. Drivers don’t want to be stranded once their trucks run out of juice. The 2022 Ford F-150 lightning recently made its debut but might need a boost. 

The F-150 Lightning has an EPA-estimated range of 230 miles with the standard range battery. With the extended ranger battery, you can get up to an EPA-estimated 300 miles. But with an empty truck, it might go further. 

With the Tesla Cybertruck, there are three options. The single motor RWD variant has an EPA-estimated range of 250 miles. With the dual-motor all-wheel drive model, you can get up to 300 miles of range. Last but not least, the tri-motor AWD model has an EPA-estimated range of over 500 miles. 

Which truck offers more power? 

When properly equipped, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning can tow up to 10,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 2,000 lbs. It’s expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds, which is respectable. 

The Tesla Cybertruck ups the ante with the ability to tow up to 14,000 lbs. It can carry a payload of up to 3,500 lbs too. With the dual motor, the Cybertruck is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. But with the tri-motor setup, the Cybertruck can reach 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds

Plus, the Cybertruck is tough. It’s built to be extremely durable. Elson Musk brags about the truck being able to hold up to shots from a 9mm handgun, and you can stand on the retractable tonneau cover. 

You’ll find an extendable telescoping ramp with the Cybertruck that leads to the 6.5-foot truck bed. The Lightning comes with a 5.5-foot box and has an aluminum bed. Both trucks offer a front trunk or frunk with plenty of cargo space. 

Does the Cybertruck or F-150 Lightning have better features? 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning parked in front of buildings
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

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You can get started with the Ford F-150 Lightning Pro for about $39,974. The extended-range model is expected to start at about $50,000. The entry-level Tesla Cybertruck begins at around $41,100. Picking the dual-motor raises the price to $51,100, and the tri-motor option starts at about $69,900. 

Deliveries of the Cybertruck are supposed to begin by the end of 2021, and the Ford F-150 Lightning will arrive early in 2022. The tri-motor Cybertruck will arrive later in 2022. Ford Lightning production is expected to outpace the Cybertruck’s. 

With the Lightning, you get a massive 15.5-inch infotainment screen, and the Cybertruck comes with a 17-inch touchscreen and a glass roof. The interior of the Lightning will feel more truck-like, while the Cybertruck has an out-of-this work design. 

We are still waiting on the specifics of each truck before they arrive, but both seem like excellent contenders. However, don’t let the classic F-150 make you forget about the Cybertruck. It has extra range and power.