Take a look at these new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning prototypes undergoing high altitude cold weather testing in Boulder, Colorado. One of the trucks tows a large tandem axle trailer. As you can see from the pictures, the Lightning with a trailer uses a weight-distributing hitch (WDH), which means the truck is likely towing a loaded trailer over 5,000 lbs.
Many thanks to Zack Whiting for sending us these images.
This morning is the coldest February day on record (123 years) in Boulder, CO. The wind chill was -13 F or colder this morning. Boulder’s elevation is approximately 1 mile above sea level. All vehicles become less efficient in cold weather. A lot of extra heat is needed to keep the cabin warm. Towing a trailer with a battery electric pickup truck in these conditions is really taxing.
Range for the 2022 F-150 Lightning with a larger battery is listed at 300 miles by Ford. The Lightning is not yet EPA certified (at the time of this writing). As we have shown during our tests in real conditions, electric vehicles (Tesla Model X and Rivian R1T) can lose between 40% and 65% of their range when towing heavy trailers. Cold temperatures will further test these new electric vehicles.
It’s great to see Ford testing the F-150 Lightning in a variety of real-world conditions. There is also an F-150 Lightning – maximum towing package – which provides additional cooling/warming for the battery system. The extended F-150 Lightning range is designed to tow up to 10,000 lbs with a maximum payload of 1,800 lbs. We can’t wait to put one of these trucks through their paces.