Ford is teaming up with Electrify America to offer 250 kW of free charging for F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck buyers, as recognition for the brand completing deliveries of the truck in all 50 states. The promotion is exactly the same as the one Ford offered to Mustang Mach-E buyers when it completed its deliveries two years ago.
To redeem the free charging benefit, Ford F-150 Lightning owners need to use the FordPass Rewards app. The charging station can fill 54 miles of range in around 10 minutes, which means extended range models can get from 15% charge all the way up to 80% in only 41 minutes.
According to Electrify America: “For F-150 Lightning customers with the standard-range battery, the 250 kilowatt-hours of fast- charging energy is equal to nearly three ‘fill-ups,’ or near-full charging sessions, or up to 575 miles of electric driving.”
We’ll do the math for you, with the standard range battery providing a usable 98 kilowatt-hours, Ford claim of three charges is pretty much correct, but only if owners plug their vehicle in before the juice completely runs out. The story is a bit different for the extended-range Lightning which features a 131 kWh battery, and owners can expect that only a couple of free charges at an Electrify America station will be possible.
Ford’s promotion echoes that of many other brands which want to incentivize buyers toward electric vehicles. Kia offers a similar promotion that gifts buyers 1,000 kWh to be used at any time, while Chevrolet, Mazda, and Nissan offer bonuses of $250 – $500 to be used for charging. Luxury brands have also offered free charging in 30-minute segments for up to two years.