The Ford F-150 Lightning Towed a 10,000 Pound Trailer Across Two of America's Toughest Towing Routes

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【Summary】Ford engineers drove the F-150 Lightning electric pickup across some of the harshest towing routes in the country. The trucks maintained expressway speeds and climbed steep inclines during these grueling trials.

Manish Kharinta    Mar 29, 2022 6:00 AM PT
The Ford F-150 Lightning Towed a 10,000 Pound Trailer Across Two of America's Toughest Towing Routes
Ford engineers drove a pre-production Ford F-150 Lightning to some of the most daunting towing routes in the country.

Deliveries of the new electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup are expected to start later this spring. Recently, the electric pickup truck's driving range and fuel economy sticker was leaked online. With an EPA estimated 320 miles of driving range, the electric pickup truck exceeded even Ford's own expectations. 

It's safe to say that the all-new F-150 Lightning is quite an impressive EV. But Ford is further fueling the excitement for its upcoming pickup truck by highlighting the Lightning's exceptional towing capabilities. 

In a recent press release, Ford revealed the details of the testing process that helped the automaker develop its new electric vehicle. The tests were designed to evaluate the performance and towing capabilities of the pickup truck in challenging conditions. We now know that the F-150 Lightning performed exceptionally well and achieved remarkable feats during the grueling trials.

For the tests,  For example, the Ford team drove the F-150 Lightning up Colorado's Interstate 70 in the middle of winter. The test was conducted in February on the coldest day in 123 years when the city of Denver recorded a record-breaking temperature of minus 7 degrees Fahrenheit.

This 8-mile stretch of I-70 has been dubbed the "Super Ike Gauntlet" by many media outlets. The climb rises to over 11,158 feet above sea level at a 7 degree incline ending at the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels at the Continental Divide. The electric truck completed the grueling climb while towing a 10,000-pound trailer.

The F-150 Lightning also braved wind chills and temperatures below zero in Colorado. 

Ford's engineers also tested the Lightning over the extreme grades of Davis Dam in Nevada. During this test, the temperatures hit a scorching high of 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Also in Nevada, the electric pickup truck ascended from 550 feet to 3,500 feet above sea level across a stretch of 11.4 miles.In both scenarios, the truck were towing the same 10,000-pound trailer. 

It is also worth noting that the pre-production prototype was equipped with Ford's Max Trailer Tow package and Tow Technology package, which are options costing an additional $825 and $1,395, respectively. 

Ford F-150 Lightning's battery-only powertrain churns out 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of maximum torque. 

Ford's post testing chief engineer, Linda Zhang, revealed that the electric truck delivered an effortless driving experience and performed flawlessly. In addition, the trucks' maintained expressway speeds during testing and drove over steep continuous inclines.

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