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Ford’s F-150 Lightning confirmed to offer 320 miles while GM starts production of the Cadillac Lyriq way ahead of schedule

If you had been concerned about the Ford F-150 Lightning’s driving range, it has now been officially confirmed to offer 320 miles, according to the EPA. Also, in what is good news for holders of the Cadillac Lyriq preorders, GM has started making them ahead of schedule.

Ford has announced the official driving range of its upcoming Lightning electric pickup truck. According to tests carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, the extended-range version will last 320 miles between charges. This is 20 miles more than was expected from the mid-$50,000 truck.

However, the base Lightning, which starts from about $40,000, will get 230 miles.

The EPA tested seven variations, including the Pro ER, XLT ER, Lariat ER, and Platinum versions. They all got about 20 miles more than Ford’s original.

There is no doubt that whatever version of the Lightning you choose will provide enough range for daily driving needs, although buyers may naturally prefer the versions with more range. Some users will also want to take advantage of the two-way charging capability to power their electric instruments, which will obviously benefit from a larger battery pack.

Other factors that will affect users’ choices are what the truck will be primarily used for, like towing load, moving payloads, or off-roading, which require more energy.

Ford has said the Lightning could give live estimates of driving ranges based on the battery level, although the feature is already present on the Mustang Mach-E. The truck considers the weather, traffic conditions, and payload or towing weights to arrive at its estimate.

Interestingly, the Lightning can tow up to 10,000 pounds. This is significant because it is more than what the ICE version is rated for, even though EVs generally are not recommended for towing.

The ranges announced by Ford means the Lightning is competitive, as the more expensive Rivian R1T offers 314 miles while the Hummer EV, costing more than $100,000, offers about 350 miles. However, more competitive trucks are on the way, including the Chevy Silverado EV with about 400 miles and the Tesla Cybertruck that could go 500 miles. The two trucks have not been certified yet by the EPA.

Ford is getting ready to begin the Lightning production at Dearborn, Michigan, and hopes to manufacture 150,000 units per annum next year.

However, GM has actually started producing the Cadillac Lyriq, to the pleasant surprise of many reservation holders. This ahead-of-schedule production means there will likely be no delays even if deliveries are not brought forward.

GM initially said production would start for the luxury SUV toward the end of 2022 but reacting to criticisms that EVs take too long to reach production, the carmaker decided to fast-tracking the Lyriq’s development.

The EV starts at almost $60,000 and was unveiled in 2020. The Debut edition, which will come first, is equipped with a 100.4 kWh battery pack which should provide around 300 miles of driving range. It can add up to 52 miles per hour when charging at home. Owners can expect 340 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque.

The Lyriq is built on GM’s Ultium EV platform but has touches of luxury expected from the brand. For example, there is a massive 33-inch display on the dashboard.

GM officials claim almost 250,000 people indicated an interest in the Lyriq, although doing so did not require any financial requirements. 

Written by HackerVibes

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