One of the Lightning's biggest rivals is the Rivian R1T, a futuristic truck that promises some serious off-roading ability. However,
NBCreports that the Ford F-150 Lightning has one unbeatable selling point.
The Ford F-150 Lightning has an impressive range
Initially, Ford estimated that its flagship electric pickup would have a maximum range of 300 miles. A few weeks ago, official EPA testing revealed that Ford F-150 Lightning's extended-range battery actually provides 320 miles of range.
Currently, the Rivian R1T with the bigger battery pack can get
314 miles of range. The automaker has promised a version that gets at least 400 miles of range in the future. The GMC Hummer EV beats both of its rivals with 329 miles of range, which was also confirmed by the EPA.
Where does the Rivian R1T beat the Ford F-150 Lightning?
The most powerful Ford F-150 Lightning is capable of 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. The base Rivian R1T produces a combined 600 horsepower from the motors on each wheel. The dual-motor version can make up to 835 horsepower and 908 lb-ft of torque.
The Ford F-150 Lightning also has a below-average towing capacity for a full-size truck. The base model can only tow 7,700 pounds, but the larger batteries can handle 10,000 pounds. In contrast, the Rivian R1T can tow 11,000 pounds regardless of its motor or battery size.
The Rivian R1T also promises to be the better vehicle off the beaten tarmac. It comes with a standard air suspension for upgraded ground clearance, as well as a hydraulic body roll management system.
The Ford F-150 Lightning vs. other electric pickups
With 1,000 horsepower on tap, the GMC Hummer EV also promises to be more powerful than the Ford F-150 Lightning.
GMclaims that this SUV will be able to launch itself to 60 mph in a clean three seconds.
We can also see how its 35-inch tires, independent front and rear suspension, and underbody armor will enhance the off-roading experience. The Hummer EV's towing capacity is more in line with the Lightning's, quoted between 7,000-11,000 pounds. The Hummer EV also has a "crab-walking" mode, allowing it to be driven diagonally.
GM will also sell an electrified version of the Chevy Silverado. Its base trim will be more powerful than the Lightning's with 510 horsepower available. It shares the same towing capacity, though it promises more efficiency with 400 miles of range.
The Chevy Silverado is also the most similar to the Ford F-150 Lightning in terms of price. Each one costs around $40,000. The Rivian R1T starts at $67,500 and the Hummer EV is in triple-digit territory.
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You can expect the Ford F-150 Lightning in showrooms as early as next month. Orders for the Rivian R1T Launch Edition are shipping now, but the majority of drivers won't get their trucks until this fall.
The GMC Hummer EV currently has a
substantial production backlog, so we probably won't see it until next year. The Chevy Silverado EV will also be released in 2023 as a 2024 model.
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