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Reserve F-150 Lightning

Riata Ford is an official Ford dealership in Manor to reserve and order the new F-150 Lightning all-electric truck. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates and everything you need to know about the F-150 Lightning as the information is released: reserve now, pre-order dates, new photos, available trim levels, pricing, charging and battery range, performance and available technology.

How Does The F-150 Lightning Reservation Work?

Your deposit reserves you a spot when the F-150 Lightning becomes available to order. Your actual vehicle configuration will be completed when you place the order this fall.


Submit a refundable 100 deposit to reserve your F-150 Lightning here. This simply reserves your F-150 Lightning for an order to be placed in the fall. Configurations of colors, trim levels and packages will be submitted when you place your order in the fall.


Riata Ford will reach out to you to place the order at which time configurations and pricing can be decided. Once you verify all the information and pricing from Riata Ford, your order will be confirmed and submitted.


F-150 Lightning production and initial deliveries are scheduled to begin in the spring 2022.

Power Capability: Ford F-150 Lightning

The F-150 Lightning will be powered by batteries and dual electric motors that will deliver more horsepower and torque than any F-150 available today, the fastest acceleration, and the ability to haul heavy loads and tow big trailers across Manor highways and job sites. The all-electric F-150 has undergone tens of thousands of hours of torture testing and targeting millions of simulated, laboratory and real-world test miles across all types of terrains to ensure its ability to handle every driving situation.

Less maintenance time equals more time on the road and Ford is estimating a 40% savings over the lifetime cost of the truck versus a gasoline engine due to significantly less maintenance. Additionally, the F-150 Lightning will continuously improve over time with fast software updates.

How Does The F-150 Lightning Charge?

Ford has made the charging process easy by providing a mobile charge cord that can be plugged into a regular electrical outlet at home. For an advanced charging process, customers can also use a 240V NEMA 14-45 outlet or by installing the Ford Connected Charge Station or similar third-party charging station at their residence. On the road, customers will have access to the largest public charging network in North America, the FordPass Charging Network.

To keep drivers informed of remaining range and power usage, the State-of-charge displays in the vehicle at all times. On the road, the FordPass Charging Network, the largest public charging network in North America — is accessible for easy plug charge and the Lightning is equipped for DC fast charging at public charging stations.

The included Ford Mobile Charger is a portable charging cord can be used with a dedicated 240-volt AC outlet and charges at 32 amps:

  • Standard battery from 15% to full in 14 hours
  • Extended-range battery from 15% to full in 19 hours

Home Charging two options that require two 240-volt wall boxes:

Option 1 – Ford Connected Charge Station (48 amps):

Option 2 – Ford Charge Station Pro (80 amps):

  • Standard-range battery from 15% to full in 10 hours
  • Extended-range battery from 15% to full in 8 hours

What is the battery range? 300 miles.

Charging can make or break the Ford F-150 Lightning

This Electrify America station at a Target parking lot in Gainesville, Fla. was tight. Parking poles didn’t allow much room for opening the door which made for a tight squeeze getting out. Drivers in much smaller EVs on the other side of this charger got a good chuckle out of that.

The one thing that will really improve the bottom line when it comes to total cost of ownership for an F-150 Lightning, and other EVs for that matter, is charging.

Though faster is better when it comes to a lot of things—package deliveries and internet speeds for instance—slower is actually better when it comes to charging an EV battery so long as you’ve got time to spare.

Following a thousand miles of driving in a 2022 Lightning Lariat, we learned that slower AC overnight charging is less than one-third the price of DC fast-charging, delivers a little more range and is better for the battery.

But during our time with Lightning, which was spent mostly on interstates in Florida, we had only one opportunity to use AC charging and that was at a Ford dealer in Deland. The hotel we stayed at in Orlando did not offer EV charging which would have been ideal. Just plug in, sleep and wake up to a charged truck.

Of course fast charging is typically the best choice when you’re out on the road and too far from home or the office to return for an overnight charge. It’s also a lot more expensive.

During our recent trip to central Florida, Electrify America chargers cost 43 cents per kWh whereas charging at home from a 220-volt outlet through Ford’s supplied 30-amp charger cost only 13 cents per kWh, a pre-tax savings of 230% (yes, there was a DC fast-charge tax of 8% in our case). That’s giant in the world of fuel costs which typically rank as one of the greatest fleet expenses.

This Electrify America charger shows charging progress for Lightning. The Ford Pass app will provide charger info as well. Though some chargers we used were rated at 350kW, Lightning typically doesn’t accept a charge rate higher than 155kW. Tom Quimby

AC charging also got the truck to a 100% charge whereas a DC fast-charge cut off at 90% to protect the battery. Now, you would think that a 100% charge would get more range than a 90% charge, and it did following our second and final overnight charge but not by much.

The extended range 131kWh battery in our Lightning Lariat is advertised with a max of 320 miles. Despite various DC and AC charging sessions over several days and a thousand miles of driving, we never came close to that.

For a while, our best charge came from Electrify America in Tallahassee which took us to 283 miles following a 45-minute session that ended at 90% state of charge.

Here’s where it got interesting and disappointing. In responding to a question on daily charging (Ford lists 22 frequently asked questions concerning charging on its website), Ford recommends that “you charge to 90% for everyday driving and charge to 100% when you need the full range for a trip.”

The only way you’re going to get to a 100% charge is through slower AC power. Ford’s supplied charger can be used at a 110-volt outlet which will only provide about two miles of charging per hour. I did that the first night with Lightning and ended up with 16 additional miles of range following an 8-hour session through a 20-amp circuit. I simply did not have the time needed to keep it charging to a full 100%.

The second time I tried AC charging, I switched out the 110-volt plug with the Ford-supplied 220-volt plug and hooked it up to an available outlet in the shop that was thankfully close to the shop door. You only get a 20-foot cord to go from an outlet to Lightning’s charge port on the back of the driver’s side front fender.

After plugging in, Lighting reported on the driver side dash that it would take 12 hours to fully charge the truck from a 50% state of charge. I gave it 14 hours just to be safe. In the morning, I checked the truck expecting to see over 300 miles of range. Instead, a 100% charge had only provided 277 miles, which was six miles less than that DC fast-charge session in Tallahassee. Crazy.

After buzzing around in the truck that day, I plugged in again that night and checked the dash in the morning. This time a 100% charge delivered 288 miles, the best I’d see.

Vince Mahe, Ford’s chief engineer for Lightning, told me that there “are a lot of factors that impact range” including speed, weather conditions and road grade. When towing, trailer weight and aerodynamics also come into play.

Nonetheless, the truck should have gotten to the full 320 miles of advertised range on 100% AC charging and then made its range recalculations based on current driving conditions. In this case, we’re talking flat Florida roads in the winter with temperatures averaging from the mid 60s to mid 70s°F.

The best laid charging plans

Before you hit the road, you can enter your destination in Lightning’s route planner which will show you when and where to charge along the way. It will also show your arrival time with charging accounted for. You can also choose specific charging stations like Electrify America, EVgo and Florida Power Light’s EVolution chargers. It’s an impressive tool and a reminder of just how much longer you’ll have to spend charging on your road trip versus a quick fill-up at a gas station.

This message popped up four times on Electrify America chargers during a 1,000-mile trip through Florida in the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. Backing up and finding a charger that works is a hassle. Other EV users that pulled up were also disappointed by the downed chargers. Tom Quimby

If you don’t like waiting 45 minutes to refuel your electric truck—and who does?—you can try timing out a meal around charging.

That worked the first time when we charged up in Tallahassee around lunch time. But that was it. Daily meals just didn’t align with other charging sessions. The chargers we used were located in shopping center parking lots that typically offered dining opportunities within walking distance.

In addition to costing plenty of time (Ford covered the cost at Electrify America chargers), some chargers were not up to the task. This happened at our first session in Tallahassee. I pulled up to a charger ready to plug in only to be greeted by a disappointing message on the screen that read, “Charger unavailable.”

Since Lighting’s charge port is only on the driver’s side, I had to back out the truck in a fairly busy parking lot and pull it back in to an adjacent charger that was up and running.

The worst charging time was had at an Electrify America station at a Walmart parking lot in Ormond Beach just north of Daytona Beach. I pulled up to a charger that was unavailable and found out that two more nearby were also offline. I lucked out and pulled up to another charger close by only to find out that the charger cord holder was busted. While the charging session went well, it didn’t exactly feel all that great hanging the cord over the top of the charger so that it wouldn’t lay flat on the ground where it could be run over.

Since I was having no luck with the Ford Pass app (which I later learned was partially my fault since a confirmation email had gone to my clutter inbox), I leaned on Electrify America to let me know when charging was done. That didn’t work. Each time I entered my phone number to receive charging updates via text messaging, I never got one.

One of the more memorable charging sessions came at Coggins Ford in Deland just east of Daytona Beach. We were there to check out a car for my 17-year-old son (he never misses a chance to scope out deals when we’re traveling) when I spotted a red Lightning Platinum at a dealership next door. A salesman was more than happy to plug me into a nearby AC charger while we were shopping. That session didn’t cost a dime and added 22 miles in roughly 90 minutes.

Each time the truck was charged, a fan kicked on at the grille to help keep the battery at room temperature while charging. During DC fast-charging, the fan runs at a higher speed because it’s generating more heat with a much higher flow of electrons.

Home charging from a 220-volt outlet with Ford’s 30-amp charger only cost 13 cents per kWh versus 43 cents at an Electrify America DC fast-charger. Granted, it takes a lot longer, but it’s great waking up to a fueled up truck that cost only 8.50 to fill from a 50% state of charge. Tom Quimby

And Lightning has an electron appetite that appeared to put other EV drivers on guard. We never saw another Lightning on the road during our 1,000-mile journey and when we pulled up to a charger, I was getting looks that made me feel like a 300-lb. lineman diving into a buffet. At least two EV drivers left their much smaller vehicles behind to walk over and check out the charger screen while Lightning was guzzling juice. Save for an electric bus charging in Jacksonville, we had the biggest battery around and it needed plenty of charging to fill up. Not one person at the chargers walked up and said, “Hey, is that the Ford Lightning?” It was more like questionable looks of, “Who invited you to the party?”

Charging areas could be cramped. Electrify America in Tallahassee was spacious enough but their stations in Gainesville were so tight that I could barely squeeze out of the truck for fear of striking the door against a parking pole. Save for one spot in Jacksonville where that electric bus was charging, there was no way I’d be able to charge the truck while towing.

While there have been plenty of tough stories about people waiting for hours to charge up, we only had to wait a few minutes at the EA charger in Jacksonville since some bozo in an electric passenger van didn’t bother to move his vehicle after charging and instead just left it there. That ticked off more than one person.

When we did venture away from EA chargers we ran into a problem. We stopped at an FPL EVolution charger near Lake City and after plugging in a message popped up asking me to scan the QR code to create an account. My iPhone kept giving me an error code so we moved on to use the EA chargers in Gainesville.

Since Florida is second only to California in terms of EV proliferation, the state offers more charging opportunities than I first realized. I could travel throughout the state and not have to worry about running out of power. It’s just a bunch of extra time spent charging which most fleets and consumers cannot afford.

Our 800-mile round trip through the Sunshine State cost 124 for DC fast-charging. Had we driven my 2014 Tundra which averages 19 mpg highway, it would have cost roughly 130 and would have saved us hours in charge time. If we had done nothing but AC charging, that same trip would have cost like 37. Of course, we’d probably just be getting home by now.

Better for your battery

Yes, DC fast-charging charges EVs faster and certainly doesn’t hurt EV sales—but it can also lead to faster battery degradation. Just like heat is the enemy of internal combustion, it’s also an enemy of powertrain batteries. The plain fact is that DC fast-charging generates more heat than AC charging.

“Heat is always the enemy,” said Greg Less, technical director for the University of Michigan’s battery lab.

“If the cells and the battery were engineered to accept a 10-minute charge, then it is likely OK, but certainly not the best practice for keeping your battery in top condition for as long as possible,” Less continued. “Think of it like redlining your ICE (internal combustion engine). You can do it once in a while without causing any serious damage to the engine, but you wouldn’t want to do it all of the time.”

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While Ford does not speak directly to DC fast-charging concerns in its long list of charging FAQs, it does recommend charging to 90% state of charge to help “prolong the life of your battery.”

AC is key for the bottom line

Though Lightning is a much tougher sell for fleets and consumers interested in timely road trips, the truck will absolutely shine in situations where it’s kept closer to home.

In this case, utilities, landscapers and some contractors will absolutely benefit from cheap AC overnight charging and less expensive maintenance. Per Ford, expect a 40% drop in total cost of ownership versus internal combustion. Towing will quickly chip away at range. In our case, we lost 57% of range while towing a 7,000 lb. load. You can read more about our experience here.

Ford does offer the Ford Charge Station Pro which is included with an extended-range battery (installation is extra). It’s rated to deliver 19 miles per charging hour. The Ford Charge Station Pro retails for 1,310. Using the Mobile Power Cord that came with the Lightning that we tested, we were able to get 16 miles per hour from the shop’s 220-volt outlet.

Finally another Lightning! This 2022 F-150 Lightning Platinum at Coggins Deland Ford was the only other Lightning we spotted during our 1,000-mile journey. Ford let us charge at no cost from their AC charger while we shopped nearby. Tom Quimby

How Long To Charge A Ford Lightning

For the last two decades, the Ford F-series has dominated the American automotive industry in terms of sales. Some people are also considering going electric with Ford’s new fully-electric F-150 Lightning. If you’re wondering how long it would take to charge the Lightning, we’re here to help.

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Depending on the type of battery pack, outlet voltage, and type of charger, a Ford F-150 lightning can take from 41 minutes up to 100 hours to charge.

Of course, this depends on the type of charge you install into your home, so everyone will be slightly different.

If you want to know more about the Ford F-150 Lightning, you’ve come to the right place. Read on, and we will share how, where, and how much it would cost to recharge the Ford Lightning. We will also discuss other frequently-asked questions about this new electric truck.

How Long Does It Take To Charge A Ford Lightning?

Before discussing charging times, we need to understand that the Ford F-150 Lightning comes with two different battery options. Additionally, we also need to know that the F-150 Lightning has four other charging methods.

The Standard-Range battery has a capacity of 98 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and a 230-mile driving range. On the other hand, the Extended-Range battery has a 131-kWh capacity and a 300 to 320-mile driving range.

The Ford F-150 Lightning’s four charging methods are listed below according to their charging speed, from slowest to fastest. Charging times are measured from a 15% starting charge up to a full charge.

  • Mobile Power Cord. Level 1 charging up to 100 hours
  • Level 2 charging between 10 to 15 hours
  • Connected Charge Station. Level 2 charging. 10 to 15 hours
  • Charge Station Pro. Level 2 charging. 8 to 10 hours
  • Public DC Fast Charging Station. Level 3 charging. 41 to 44 minutes

How Long Does It Take To Charge A Ford Lightning At Home?

If you charge your Ford Lightning at home, you can choose from a few Level 1 or Level 2 charging methods.

What Is Ford’s Mobile Power Cord?

All Ford Lightning trims come with a standard 30-ampere Mobile Power Cord, providing both Level 1 and Level 2 charging capabilities.

When plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet, the Mobile Power Cord acts as a Level 1 charger, adding 2 to 3 miles of driving range per charging hour.

At a conservative 2 miles of range per hour, this Level 1 charging method can top up the Standard-Range battery in 100 hours. On the other hand, the Extended-Range battery will need about 150 hours.

Level 1 charging is indeed prolonged. However, slow and steady charging also provides a better battery life and health than faster-charging methods.

If you only need to use your Lightning for less than 10 to 15 miles per day, Level 1 charging will suffice. over, you can also bring your Mobile Power Cord and plug it into any 120-volt outlet at your destination.

This charger will come in handy during long vacation trips.

However, if you need more driving range every day, Level 2 charging is more appropriate. If you plug the Mobile Power Cord into a NEMA 14-50 240-volt outlet, you can have a Level 2 charging capability.

These are the heavy-duty outlets that usually power ovens and clothes dryers.

At Level 2, you can add 19 to 20 miles of driving range per hour of charging. With Level 2 charging, you can top up your Standard-Range battery in 10 hours. Your Extended-Range battery, in turn, will need 15 hours.

What Is The Ford Connected Charge Station?

The Ford Connected Charge Station is a 48-ampere, 240-volt Level 2 charger that requires a direct connection to your house’s main fuse box.

While Ford recommends this charger for the Mustang Mach-E and the Ford E-Transit, you can also use it for your Lightning.

Like the Level 2 Mobile Power Cord, the Connected Charge Station can also add 19 to 20 miles of driving range to the Lightning. You will need 10 hours for your Standard-Range battery and 15 hours for your Extended-Range battery.

You can hire an electrician to mount the Connected Charge Station to your garage wall. This way, you can charge your Lightning as soon as you park at home without having to bring out your Mobile Power Cord everytime.

The Ford Connected Charge Station costs 799 as of June 2022.

What Is The Ford Charge Station Pro?

The Ford Charge Station Pro is an 80-ampere, 240-volt Level 2 charger that also requires a direct connection to your main electrical line.

Ford recommends this charger specifically for the Ford Lightning, but you can also use it for other Ford battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).

Compared to the Connected Charge Station, the Ford Charge Station Pro charges faster. Capable of adding 30 miles of driving range per charging hour, the Charge Station Pro can top up your Extended-Range battery from 15% to 100% in just 8 hours.

Extended-Range Lightning trims will come with the Ford Charge Station Pro as part of the vehicle’s standard package. However, Standard-Range Lightning customers can buy this charger as an add-on to their purchase.

During power outages, the Ford Charge Station Pro also lets you power a properly-equipped home using your F-150 Lightning.

With Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power system, an Extended-Range Lightning battery can provide three to ten days’ worth of electricity.

The Ford Charge Station Pro retails for 1,310 as of June 2022.

How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car At Home?

When charging at home, you can treat your Ford F-150 Lightning as a large piece of appliance in terms of electricity consumption. Electricity rates may vary greatly depending on your state.

However, as of April 2022, America’s average electricity cost is 15.1 cents or 0.151 per kWh.

If you want to compute your cost per full charge, you can multiply 0.151 by the kWh capacity of each type of battery.

  • Standard-Range battery: 0.151 per kWh x 98 kWh = 14.80
  • Extended-Range battery: 0.151 per kWh x 131 kWh = 19.78

Alternatively, you may want to compute your cost per mile or 100 miles. In this case, you can divide the cost of one full charge by the driving range of that charge.

  • Standard Range battery: 14.80 per full charge / 230 miles = 0.0643 per mile or 6.43 per 100 miles
  • Extended Range battery: 19.78 per full charge / 320 miles = 0.0618 per mile or 6.18 per 100 miles

How Long Does It Take To Charge The Ford Lightning At A DC Fast Charging Station?

Many public direct current (DC) fast chargers can deliver between 50 to 350 kW of power to BEVs.

However, the Ford F-150 Lightning can only accommodate 120 kW for its Standard-Range battery and 150 kW for its Extended-Range battery.

With a 150 kW DC fast charger, the 98-kWh Standard-Range battery can go from 15-80% charge in roughly 44 minutes.

On the other hand, the 131-kWh Extended-range battery can go from 15-80% in approximately 41 minutes.

How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car At A DC Fast Charging Station?

Ford gives Lightning buyers a free 2-year complimentary access to Blue Oval, North America’s largest public charging network. As of June 2022, this network consists of 19,500 Level 2 and Level 3 charging stations in the U.S.

over, Lightning buyers also get 250 kWh worth of free charge from Electrify America, the country’s largest DC fast charger (Level 3) network.

However, after the free 250 kWh charge, you will need to pay Electrify America per kWh or per minute of charging. Rates vary depending on the Electrify America charging station’s state location as well as the membership status of the vehicle owner.

For example, in Delaware, Electrify America guests and Pass members need to pay 0.43 per kWh. On the other hand, Pass (plus) members have a preferential rate of 0.31 per kWh.

  • Standard-Range battery: 0.31 per kWh x 98 kWh = 30.38
  • Extended-Range battery: 0.31 per kWh x 131 kWh = 40.61

Even as an Electrify America Pass member, you will need to pay twice as much for DC fast charging than Level 1 or Level 2 home charging.

How Efficient Is The Ford Lightning?

If you want to know how much you can save on fuel, we can compare the home charging cost of the F-150 Lightning to the fuel cost of a gasoline F-150.

According to the United States EPA, the 3.5-liter V6 4WD F-150 has a 19 mpg combined rating or 5.3 gallons per 100 miles.

As of May 30, 2022, America’s national average gas price is approximately 4.79 per gallon. For every 100 miles, a V6 F-150 consumes 25.4 worth of gasoline.

Based on these current prices, the F-150 Lightning’s 100-mile electricity cost is only 24% of the V6 F-150’s 100-mile fuel cost. That equates to 19 worth of savings for every 100 miles.

If you drive 15,000 miles per year, you will save 2,850 annually.

You can save over 14,000 on fuel costs by driving a home-charged F-150 Lightning in five years instead of a V6 F-150.

Even if you charge your Lightning at an expensive DC charging station every time, you will still save roughly 7,000 over five years.

How Much Does A Ford F-150 Lightning Cost?

Below are the starting of the different Ford F-150 Lightning trims.

These starting are accurate as of June 2022.

Final Takeaway

The 2022 Ford Lightning can recharge its battery in:

  • 41 minutes in DC fast charging stations.
  • 8 to 10 hours at home using the Level 2 Charge Station Pro.
  • 10 to 15 hours using the slower Level 2 Connected Charge station or the Mobile Power Cord on a 240-volt outlet.
  • As long as 100 hours using the Mobile Power Cord on a 120-volt outlet (Level 1).

Slow home charging is the cheapest and most beneficial to battery life. DC fast charging will get you back on the road fastest, but it is the most expensive charging option. Plan your trips regularly to know which charging method suits you best.

Thank you very much for reading. We hope we were able to help you understand more about the Ford F-150 Lightning’s charging time and methods.

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How Much Does It Cost to Charge Ford Lightning?

FORD lighting F-150 is spreading like a forest fire among people who prefer trucks over sleek cars and EV users alike, BUT Did you know that owning it can have you end up with a dent in your wallet each month? Because of its expensive charging cost!

Here is how you can know and optimize your FORD lightning so the charging cost won’t weigh you down.

How Much Does It Cost to Charge Ford Lightning?

This depends on where you live and how you charge your car—at home, charging a standard model Ford Lightning costs around 13.91. It costs approximately 1,107 a year to recharge the Ford F-150 Lightning based on today’s electricity prices, Which adds to 23.06 weekly and 92.25 monthly.

But for extended range, battery charging at home will cost around 18.59.

Like any EV, Ford lighting can be charged at home and a public station, and its cost varies with both methods of charging. Let’s look at charging methods and which one is more cost-effective.

Ford Lighting Home Charging

The Ford F150 Lightning includes a Level I (120-volt) charging cable and can be charged using a regular home outlet. In-home charging can be done by level 1 and level 2 charging. Using the U.S. household average from May 2021 of 14 cents per kWh, it would cost 25.20/month to charge an EV. It will take approximately 10 – 20 hours for a 120-mile charge for your FORD lightning to be fully charged. This is perfect if you’re leaving it to charge overnight.

Ford Lightning Public Charging

The Ford F150 Lightning includes Level 2 charging, which can be used at homes and public charging stations. And DC fast charging level 3 can only be done at public stations. It costs approximately 1,107 a year to recharge the Ford F-150 Lightning.

Each purchase of the F-150 EV comes with two benefits that will come in handy for charging at public charging stations. Buyers get complimentary access to DC fast charging at Electrify America Stations and are rewarded with two-year access to the Blue Oval Charge Network. This fast-charging incentive is capped at 250kWh only, though.

A Comparison Table on Charging Cost of Ford Lightning at Home and With A Public Charger in different US states

In this table, we will compare public charging and charging at home in various states of the US. Note that every state’s public station has a different measurement, charging some cost by the hour and some by kWh.

States of US Public charging cost Home charging cost (per kWh)
California 1.50 per hour 2,617.58
Texas 246 annually 1,254.40
Florida 0.13 per kWh 1,323.00
Virginia 1 per 40 miles 1,228.92
Washington 4 per hour 1,228.92
Arizona 2.40 per hour 1,242.64

Comparing Charging Cost With Different Battery Sizes

Ford has been out with more than 3 EVs with different battery sizes (of course!), as its size plays a major role in EV charging cost and range. Let’s compare and discuss price differences between various battery sizes.

(Note that 16.93 per kWh average electric cost (per kWh electric cost of new jersey) was kept for measuring, but the figure may vary by each state )

FORD EV models Size of battery Charging cost
Ford lighting standard range battery 98 kWh 1,659.14
Ford lighting extended range battery 131 kWh 2,217.83
Ford mustang Mach-e 98.7 kWh 1,670.99
Ford Focus 33.5 kWh 567.16

What Factor Causes the Bill for Ford Lighting F-150 to Rising?

The following factors increase the charging cost of FORD lighting

Size of Battery

Ford’s Extended Range F-150 Lightning has a vast 131 kWh battery pack. The Standard Range models will carry a ‘mere’ 98 kWh battery. Bigger batteries require more energy to charge fully. A Lightning has a 110 kWh battery or 131 kWh in Extended Range. The average electric passenger car has about 88 kWh. Bigger batteries are like giant gas tanks. It costs more money to fill them up.


The efficiency of the Standard-Range models is at 76 MPGe city and 61 MPGe highway, whereas the F-150 Lightning Extended-Range for up to 78 MPGe city and 63 MPGe highway; as we can see, the standard range models are slightly less efficient.

The “MPGe” is miles per gallon. It is a good measuring tool for comparing EVs with IC. It works on how much power is in a gallon of gasoline.

Highway MPGe is an average of how much a car will drive on an open stretch of road without stopping, and City MPGe is a car driving in city conditions, i.e., stopping and slowing.

EPA can figure out the efficiencies of EVs by the MPGe. Ford lightning has terrible fuel economy, even though it’s a bit better in its extended version.

The F-150 Lightning ER has an efficiency of 2.1 miles per kWh, so it needs a larger battery to enable its 320-mile range and a halfway-decent range while towing.

Size of the EV

It’s a truck, so it uses more electricity than a car because of bearing a larger battery; thus, it needs more electricity to charge. Though powerful electric motors can be a drain on an EV’s efficiency, the main issue at play here is size. Because the Ford F-150 Lightning is a full-size pickup truck, the automaker has equipped it with powerful motors and large batteries. Both are necessary because the extra power allows the F-150 Lightning to tow 10,000 pounds, and its massive 131.0-kWh Extended Range battery pack gives the truck up to 320 miles of range.

It’s Not an Aerodynamic Design

Ford lightning lacks an efficient aerodynamic shape. For details, Ford decided to make an EV truck that looks just like a gasoline truck with the aerodynamics of a “brick.” They chose not to try a more efficient model with a newer and more aerodynamic design. But the new Ford EV Truck still has better efficiency than its fuel counterpart due to its EV design. For reference, the side view mirrors on my Ford F-250 take as much energy to push through the air as an entire Aptera EV.

So The energy required to move a tall, 3-ton vehicle, with the aerodynamics of a brick 100 miles is the same whether it has an electric motor or an engine, and it’s a lot less than the energy required to move a low, 1.5-ton, a sleek car with good aerodynamic 100 miles instead.

How to Optimize Charging Cost (5 Ways)

Even though the cost of Ford F-150 charging is expensive but is not a worry that can not be handled. Here are a few tips you can save some money from charging costs:

Tire Pressure

Plays an essential road in an EV. An underinflated tire will increase rolling resistance and consume more energy than a correctly inflated one. Be sure to check the recommended pressure required for your tires. To avoid losing energy, keep your tire at recommended tire pressure by FORD. Ford recommends 35psi for everyday driving. What gives you a comfortable ride around 35 psi is enough.

Plan Your Trips

Scheduling your trips can save you energy. You can use more charge when you take off in your truck with a cold motor. So if you run your errands in one voyage out, your motor will be warm and save you time and money.

Remove Heavy Cargo in Your Trunk

Using your truck to store your last ski trip equipment and other non-essential items? The extra weight will reduce your MPG. Remove unnecessary items and save money from your

Use Cruise Control

FORD has the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) series. You set a standard cruising speed and distance from the vehicle ahead of you. Driving at a steady speed on highways will help save charge, so Lock your speed through ACC. Keep in mind that charge mileage usually declines when driving over 50 MPH.

Switch to Solar,

And lastly, they always recommended one switch to solar power. Solar power is free of cost and an investment, especially on vehicles where the main issue is extra charge consumption. Investing in solar panels for your EV charging is very recommended and saving for a long time.


Ford lightning F-150 is an EV truck, which is one of its kind, it has its drawback, but it is an excellent step in the EV industry worth appreciating. I hope the article gives you insight into F-150’s high charging cost and how to resolve it.

What You Need to Power Your House with a Ford F-150 Lightning

Article QuickTakes:

  • What equipment do you need?
  • How does it work?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Is there a cheaper, easier way?

With the launch of the electric F-150 Lightning, Ford has touted the ability to use the truck to power a house in the event of a blackout. Though exporting power isn’t unique to the Lightning, the system is integrated in a way that no other electric car on sale today offers. But if you’re planning to rely on an F-150 Lightning powering your house, know that using this feature—as advertised—is not as easy as plugging in a cord. Here’s what it takes and what it costs to use Ford Intelligent Backup Power.

What Equipment Do You Need?

Every F-150 Lightning has the ability to power a house, but there are two additional pieces of equipment you’ll need in order to use the feature: the Ford Charge Station Pro and the Home Integration System.

The Ford Charge Station Pro is an 80-amp home charging station that comes standard with the F-150 Lightning’s optional extended-range battery pack or can be purchased separately for standard-range trucks at a price of 1,310. The Home Integration System, purchased through Ford’s partner Sunrun for 3,895, includes a power inverter, transfer switch, and battery to start the system, which enables two-way power flow.

How Does It Work?

Once you have the system installed, Ford Intelligent Backup Power works automatically. If your truck is plugged in and the power goes out, the Home Integration System will automatically transfer the stored power from your truck to your home. Once power is restored, the system automatically reverts to utility power.

Ford says an F-150 Lightning with the extended-range battery can power a house for about three days when using 30 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day. (An American household uses 29 kWh per day on average). The company also claims that it can be stretched to as long as 10 days with energy rationing. Owners can also limit how much energy is pulled from the truck if they want to leave some in reserve for driving.

How Much Does Ford Intelligent Backup Power Cost?

If you’re looking for the cheapest option, the F-150 Lightning Pro trim with the standard-range battery costs about 42,000. You’ll also need to spend 1,310 for the charge station and 3,895 for the home integration hardware.

The other cost consideration is the installation price, which varies based on location and your house’s wiring. You may need to replace your circuit breaker, which will increase the cost significantly. In Chicago, Illinois, for example, installation could range from 2,000 to 10,000. In the best-case scenario, you’re looking at about 49,000 to purchase a truck with the ability to keep the lights on and refrigerator running during outages.

If you want to power a house for longer periods, it will cost you. The lowest-priced F-150 Lightning with the extended-range battery is the XLT trim, which starts at 74,269 and includes the Ford Charge Station Pro. Factor in the Home Integration System and the installation, and you’re likely looking at more than 80,000.

Is There an Easier or Cheaper Way?

If you don’t want to go through the hullabaloo (and cost) associated with using Ford Intelligent Backup Power, there is an easier way to ride out an outage with the Lightning. All electric F-150s come with Pro Power Onboard, providing 2.4 or 9.6 kW of AC power depending on level and options. With eight to 10 household outlets, plus a 240-volt outlet in the bed of trucks with the 9.6-kW system, the Lightning can power the most important items in your house, such as a space heater or furnace fan and a refrigerator, using extension cords.

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Jill Ciminillo is a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality, and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on cars for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization.

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