Electric Car batteries are exceptionally heavy, much heavier than almost every gas engine on the road today. And the Ford F150 Lightning is not an exception to this rule. When being compared to gas trucks, the Ford Lightning has a much higher weight. Sometimes this extra weight can make cars underperform when being compared to other trucks, but the Ford Lightning has managed to hold its own while being compared to other trucks on the market today.
How much does the Ford F-150 Lightning weigh? The Ford Lightning’s weight is said to be around 6,500 pounds when the battery is equipped. The battery by itself will weigh around 1,800 pounds. There are also two motors that power the wheels (lighter than the motors inside of gas-powered cars), adding substantially more to the final weight.
When comparing the weight of the battery to common motors we can see why the Ford Lightning is more, especially since it also has the two motors that power the tires with power from the battery. In this article, we will go over the comparison of other trucks’ weight to the Ford Lightning, Ford’s reasoning for saving the weight, and how much weight the truck can handle.
How Much Does The F150 Lightning Weigh vs. Other F150 Models?
By knowing the weight of similar Ford trucks, we can better see why the weight of the Ford Lightning is what it is. The Ford Lightning is heavier because it is an electric vehicle. Below are some of the weights as well as the dimensions of Ford F150’s throughout the past few years. The weights shown do not include every year of the Ford F150. And when averaging every year of the F150’s weights, the average comes out to be around 5,400 pounds.
- 2010 F150 – 5,600 pounds, 229 X 71 X 77 inches
- 2011 F150 – 5,625 pounds, 228 X 70 X 76 inches
- 2012 F150 – 5,665 pounds, 227 X 71 X 75 inches
- 2013 F150 – 5,700 pounds, 225 X 73 X 77 inches
- 2014 F150 – 5,715 pounds, 224 X 74 X 76 inches
- 2015 F150 – 5,730 pounds, 223 X 78 X 79 inches
- 2016 F150 – 5,745 pounds, 222 X 70 X 78 inches
- 2017 F150 – 5,760 pounds, 221 X 70 X 80 inches
- 2018 F150 – 5,780 pounds, 226 X 76 X 70 inches
- 2019 F150 – 5,790 pounds, 227 X 78 X 73 inches
- 2020 F150 – 5,815 pounds, 228 X 79 X 75 inches
By looking at the recent Ford F150s we can see that slowly more and more weight was added on the vehicle, the Lightning however was a considerable jump. This jump is also understandable, however. The 2020 F150 comes stock with a 5.0L V8 which weighs around 450 lbs and a transmission weighing around 250. If you subtract 5,815 lbs by those you will get 5,115 lbs. The Ford F150 Lightning has a battery pack of around 1,800 lbs, and if you subtract 6,500 lbs by that, you will get 4,700 lbs. These are not the only differences in the trucks but just some of the heavier ones.
The Frame of the Lightning seems to be lighter than the frame of the other F150s. This was done by using more aluminum in the production as well as some small tweaks to the Lightning’s frame to accommodate the battery as well as lessen the load. They still had to make the Lightning able to withstand the crash test and even gave the battery extra protection so when the truck is used off-road, it is able to withstand a few bumps and bruises. It is not completely fair to judge the Lightning just because it is heavier, it is an electric car and tests have shown that the weight is not detrimental to the vehicle at all.
How Much Does The Battery Pack Weigh?
In general, electric cars weigh quite a bit more than their gas-powered counterparts. A gas-powered Ford F150 averages a weight of about 5,400 lbs. This weight can vary depending on what trim, the yearthe car is, and if you have done any modifications to the truck. The Ford Lightning’s battery is said to weigh approximately 1,800 lbs by itself. When equipped to the truck, the total weight will be about 6,500 lbs.
A 900-pound difference could affect the car’s performance, but this doesn’t slow the Lightning down. A standard gas F150 goes from 0 to 60 in about 5.9 – 7.3 sec, while the Lightning can do a 0 to 60 in about 4 seconds. The gas-powered F150 does have a higher payload weight as it can hold about 3,270 lbs, the Lightning holds around 2,000 lbs.
When it comes to towing, the gas-powered F150 also has a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds and the Lightning has a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. We can expect these numbers to increase for the electric truck as more and more technology is being developed, it is just currently very young. But it is still impressive that in most terms, the Ford Lightning is more than capable of competing with today’s trucks.
What Did Ford Do To Save Weight In the F150 Lightning?
Because of the higher weight of electrical vehicles, many companies try to decrease the weight of their electric vehicles in many different ways. When looking at the Ford Lightning, there was not a lot done to decrease the weight of the vehicle. Ford was not too worried about the weight of 6,500 lbs, especially when Hummer released their vehicle, which weighed about 9,000 lbs. Crash tests have also shown that people are generally much safer in a heavier vehicle when they crash into a light vehicle, which allowed car companies not to worry about decreasing the weight dramatically.
Ford switched the F150 body frame to be aluminum a little while back and the same type of aluminum frame is still being applied to the Ford lightning. Not much else has been done to the Ford Lightning to lighten the load. It can already go from 0 to 60 in a little over 4 seconds which shows us that it really doesn’t need weight reduction to increase its speed. Many people have commented on the Lightning’s weight and even said that the battery alone weighs as much as a small car, however, Ford has acknowledged that the weight of the battery (which is where a lot of the weight comes from) is not going to be reduced at this time.
How Much Weight (Payload) Can The F-150 Lightning Handle?
A truck’s main purpose, aside from being a vehicle, is to carry anything that people need to carry/transport. Ford is known to have one of the highest payload ratings in the light-duty truck class with a maximum of 3,270 lbs in the Ford F150. The F150 Lightning is able to handle 2,000 lbs of payload weight and this is not something that should be taken lightly, as electric cars generally underperform when it comes to carrying heavy loads. 2,000 lbs is about the average of other light-duty trucks and the Lightning fits just about perfectly into the average.
The Ram 1500 can handle about a weight of 1,890 lbs and the Silverado 1500 with the right specs can handle around 2,260 lbs. These trucks are some of the best light-duty trucks on the road and when comparing their capable payload weight to the Ford Lightning’s, it seems that the Lightning can hold it in when it comes to carrying heavy loads. Ford put a lot of focus on making sure the Ford Lightning would not just be a truck for show, but a truck that is capable of working just as well or hopefully better than the trucks that are already on the market.
The Ford F150 Lightning also comes with a feature that allows the truck to measure the payload’s weight. It also allows you to zero out the weight which will allow you to see the approximate weight of everything you add onto the truck after being zeroed. It can then show the approximate weight, as well as other details, on the onboard touchscreen or on your phone with the use of the FordPass app. The Ford Lightning will also adjust its battery range according to the weight that is added to the truck either in the bed of the truck or on a trailer.