Ford’s first fully electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, has been selling like hotcakes. However, with winter upon us, Ford has released a few tips to help Lightning drivers get the most out of their range in the cold weather.
Buyers began receiving their Ford F-150 lightning electric pickups in May 2022 as the automaker extended the best-selling passenger vehicle (F-150) into the future of electric mobility.
Ford calls its electric pickup the “smartest, most innovative F-150 yet,” and boy, were they right on the mark with that. Lightning drivers quickly realized their EV truck had much more capabilities than just getting them from point A to point B.
The F-150 Lightning includes an innovative feature that turns the EV pickup into a mobile generator, or what Ford refers to as “Pro Power Onboard.”
Meanwhile, Ford F-150 Lightning owners are gearing up to take on another battle – the cold weather. Ford released a few tips to help owners maximize their range and get the most out of the Lightning pickups this winter.
Tips to boost Ford F-150 Lightning range in the winter
Ford tested the F-150 Lightning electric pickup in extreme cold weather conditions with months of driving in Alaska and Michigan’s upper peninsula. The battery has been tested with temperatures as low as -40°F. Here are a few tips Ford suggests to boost range in the winter.
- Park in the garage if possible.
- Keep your F-150 Lightning plugged in when parked.
- For longer trips, precondition your car using departure timings to warm the battery while plugged in with the FordPass app or the truck’s center screen.
- Use heated seats and steering wheel (if equipped) as primary heat to reduce energy use.
- When charging (especially with DCFC), turn the heater off or lower the temperature.
- Bush all the snow off your truck before leaving to limit extra weight and drag.
- Drive at average speeds, as higher speeds can drain energy faster.
- Keep tire pressure in check.
It’s no secret that cold weather can affect the driving range and performance of all vehicles (including gas-powered ones). However, these few tips can help you get the most out of your Ford F-150 Lightning this winter and probably won’t hurt for other EVs.
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