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Ford F-150 Lightning battery capacities revealed, Platinum trim should do 280 miles

In its most efficient form, Ford thinks the F-150 Lightning will do 300 miles, but the Platinum rocks 22-inch wheels.

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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

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Ford slipped a few more details on its upcoming electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning, into a livestreamed event Thursday evening. During the presentation, the automaker revealed that the truck's standard-range battery capacity is rated at 98 kilowatt-hours, while the extended range unit packs 131 kilowatt-hours of capacity. Not only that, but the automaker also revealed that the top-spec F-150 Lightning Platinum will go a company-estimated 280 miles on a charge.

The battery capacities are the biggest piece of news, as a chart posted to the F-150 Gen 14 forum shows how customers will be able to spec their electric pickups with these batteries. Across the lineup, the standard-range battery is, well, standard except for the Platinum trim. The range-topping truck comes with the extended-range battery as standard equipment. Within the spectrum of trims, which includes the base Pro model, XLT and Lariat, the larger battery is optional, save for the least expensive Pro model. Ford will only build the pickup with the standard-range battery.

As for that 280-mile range for the Platinum model, that's a chunk short of Ford's quoted 300-mile estimate for at least one version of the F-150 Lightning. However, the truck will roll on 22-inch wheels, which surely contributes to the dropoff.

Ford closed reservations for the pickup earlier this month as it prepares to work with those hand-raisers to turn expressions of interest into actual orders. Production should start next spring and then ramp up over the years to come.

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It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.

Article updated on December 17, 2021 at 6:08 AM PST

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