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FORD F-150 LIGHTNING WEIGHS LESS THAN A RIVIAN, HAULS MORE THAN A SILVERADO EV

And All That For Less Than Half The Price Of The Chevy Silverado EV RST

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.
Image Via Ford.

By any reasonable measure, the new pure-electric Ford F-150 Lightning is a slam dunk. With a base MSRP just under $40k, it’s affordable for an EV, and a duo of battery options promise to deliver from 230 to around 300 miles of range on a full charge.

And here’s something else we’ve just learned: the Ford F-150 Lightning with the larger 131-kWh battery pack weighs less than one of its biggest rivals, the Rivian R1T, when equipped with its highest-capacity battery pack. The total curb weight of the F-150 Lightning is a not-unreasonable 6,590 pounds, making it an absolute featherweight next to the 9,046-pound GMC Hummer EV, although it’s a full 950 pounds heavier than the F-150 Hybrid. With the smaller 98-kWh battery pack, the Ford F-150 Lightning weighs 6,171 pounds – a little more than 500 pounds more than the F-150 Hybrid.

That’s according to Ford’s eSourceBook for the F-150 Lightning, which was posted by the folks at the F150gen14 forum.

Granted, the Ford-v-Rivian comparison isn’t a totally fair one; the Rivian R1T’s biggest battery pack is 180 kWh to the Lightning’s 131 kWh. Still, the Ford F-150 Lightning’s relatively low curb weight (for a battery-electric pickup) should have a positive impact in a number of areas, like its acceleration, braking, and handling.

And then there’s the payload rating: the Ford F-150 Lightning is rated to haul up to 700 pounds more than the Chevrolet Silverado EV RST.

2,000 Pounds Of Payload

The base F-150 Lightning’s 2,000-pound payload rating is nothing to sneeze at, and it’s nearly 54 percent more than the Silverado EV RST – almost 67 percent more than the Silverado EV WT. It’s also more than the internal combustion F-150 with either the 3.3L V6 or 3.0L Power Stroke turbo-diesel, and just 120 pounds less than the F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid. That’s impressive given that it’s carrying around thousands of pounds of batteries. Step up to the extended-range 131-kWh battery and you only lose 200 pounds of payload capacity.

Of course, we wish that Ford had a larger-capacity battery pack on offer for the Ford F-150 Lightning; when it comes to EVs, range is everything. But for now, 300 miles of range will have to do.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Truck
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks

Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron has held multiple positions in the automotive industry, from magazine videographer to dealership sales. And because his background isn't diverse enough, he's currently attending engineering school at University of Michigan Despite his expertise in covering the American performance vehicle industry, he's a devout Porsche enthusiast.

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