These Ford F-150 Lightning Numbers Seem Fudged
Get your popcorn because there is one interesting battle between the Ford F-150 Lightning and the gas-powered model is heating up. The electric truck owners have taken a swing at the ICE owners. Ford F-150 Lightning drivers claim they use their trucks for more truck stuff.
Do Ford F-150 Lightning owners use their trucks more?
The Ford F-150 Lightning could be seen as a better work truck than models equipped with the internal combustion engine. Reportedly, the EV truck owners use their vehicles to do more traditional truck things like hauling more than gas-powered owners.
This could cause a significant upset, especially for those who refuse to make the switch to electric power. But this could be due to skewed numbers.
MotorTrend breaks down a survey with data that shares that nearly 74 percent of Lightning owners use their trucks every month for home projects such as hauling lumber, gardening supplies, and appliances.
Plus, 54 percent of owners claim to go on monthly camping excursions. But only 51 percent of traditional pickup owners use their rides for monthly home projects, and only 40 percent go camping at least once a month.
The survey had a sample size of 3,500 truck owners. It’s unclear how many ICE F-150 models were included against Lightning models. There are about 20,000 F-150 Lightning trucks on the road compared to 16 million gas-powered F-150 trucks.
Also, the survey was conducted prior to the first six months of F-150 Lightning availability, and another survey put the gas-powered F-150 bed usage closer to 70 percent.
While the Lightning is a capable truck and attracts plenty of buyers, it might not do more truck stuff than the regular F-150. Plus, truck usage goes well beyond bed usage with towing and off-roading.
Is the F-150 Lightning more capable than the ICE F-150?
The Ford F-150 Lightning and gas-powered F-150 models don’t stack up apples to apples. While the F-150 Lightning is greener, faster, and quieter, it can’t tow as much or go as far on a single charge.
When properly equipped, the F-150 Lightning can tow up to 7,700 lbs and carry a payload of up to 2,000 lbs. On a full charge, the extended-range model can travel up to 320 miles.
The gas-powered Ford F-150 model can tow up to 14,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 3.325 lbs. On a full tank of gas, the F-150 can travel up to 550 miles.
Also, the regular F-150 is more dependable in temperatures below freezing. The cold weather can cause the F-150 Lightning to lose some of its charges and charge a bit slower. Plus, don’t forget about how towing can readily reduce the Lightning’s range.
Is the F-150 Lightning a bad truck?
No, the Ford F-150 Lightning is an excellent truck to consider. It provides an athletic performance, a peaceful cabin, can be charged at home, and can do traditional truck stuff.
In general, truck owners are prone to using their rides for truck stuff, and the Lighting is a capable hauler. But the gas-powered F-150 is a bit stronger for more demanding projects and longer trips.
Both options are great for camping and have an onboard generator for powering campsites, homes, and work equipment. But the Lightning is currently sold out, and it could be easier to get an ICE F-150.
We wouldn’t say that the Lightning is used for more projects than the traditional F-150, but it is an efficient option for weekend adventures.