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EV Range Dips Nearly 25 Percent While
Carrying Load: AAA

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Posted By: earlybird, 6/17/2023 2:12:09 PM

The range of electric vehicles can fall by up to a quarter when made to carry heavy loads, according to a study conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA) on Ford’s EV pickup truck F-150 Lightning. In an unloaded state, the 2022 Lightning had a driving range of 278 miles. However, with a payload of 1,400 pounds, the driving range dropped to 210 miles, a decline of 68 miles or 24.5 percent from the unloaded range, (snip) Such payloads are equivalent to hauling around 20 bags of concrete mix. (snip) prospective buyers of EVs who are likely to carry heavy loads regularly should “consider the impact this can have

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross 6/17/2023 2:19:56 PM (No. 1494029)
Basic physics at work. Should not be a surprise.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/17/2023 2:26:00 PM (No. 1494035)
They don't work when they're loaded. They don't work when they're cold. I'll tell you where they work. Drove my Tundra pickup from Texas to DC for tropical fish convention. Went to the grocery store and had to squeeze into 2 tiny parking spots. There were 3 pickups in the whole lot. EV's work in DC.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney 6/17/2023 2:42:53 PM (No. 1494041)
25% drop is on a NEW truck. Wait until they start to age.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: NHChemist 6/17/2023 2:56:17 PM (No. 1494048)
Using an F150 Platinum Lighting with the larger battery, Motor Trend magazine found the following: "We had been warned to expect the range to be cut in half when towing, but the effect of towing these travel trailers proved even more significant. With the smallest and lightest trailer, we measured a range of just 115 miles. That figure fell to 100 miles with the middleweight camper and sank to a mere 90 miles with the 7,218-pound Grand Design trailer." Good luck on your cross country trip!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: JHHolliday 6/17/2023 3:10:52 PM (No. 1494060)
Buying an EV now is just an expensive mistake. Maybe in 15-20-30 years the technology will make them viable. I doubt it will be anything like current battery technology. The environmental hazards of mining lithium now negates any benefit to the planet the EVs might give. I wont be around to see it so I'll keep my 21 year-old Camry and my 7 year old Toyota Sienna. They both run like fine watches and are paid for.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/17/2023 3:14:05 PM (No. 1494062)
Don't expect to use an F-150 EV has a work truck. That has been its primary use for decades.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/17/2023 3:27:40 PM (No. 1494067)
Had another thought. When I used to live up in New York, would see lots of pickups being used to plow snow out of driveways and parking lots. Wonder how well EVs will fare at that task.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: 3XALADY 6/17/2023 4:40:26 PM (No. 1494092)
I can't believe people are even considering buying these EV vehicles. I haven't heard one good thing about them.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 6/17/2023 6:07:30 PM (No. 1494128)
Yep, can't get an exception to the laws of physics for these stupid EVs. Damned limited capabilities at a HUGE cost and very inconvenient.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Strike3 6/17/2023 6:41:15 PM (No. 1494148)
"Lightning." That name is going to haunt them.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 6/17/2023 7:19:48 PM (No. 1494167)
Gee, I think I'll stick with my old F-150 with the 5.4L V-8. It can tow a big trailer really well, and I have done so several times from Florida or Virginia to Kansas. Gas mileage in the WVa mtns was about 14 mpg, with the bed full and a loaded trailer on it, but once we got to the flatter country, even at 70 mph it was about 16-17 mpg. So with a 30 gal tank, we could comfortably go 400 miles, or about 6 hours before we needed to eat and refuel. I spit on their F-150 Golf Cart model.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: SALady 6/17/2023 7:26:54 PM (No. 1494175)
And that is with a brand-new battery. As with anything with rechargeable batteries, the full charge capacity will start to diminish pretty quickly, and the load capacity will even diminish faster. If you want a fancy golf cart to run around town in, get yourself an EV. But if you have real work to do with your vehicle, EV technology is still years (if not decades) away from being feasible.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: joew9 6/17/2023 7:27:44 PM (No. 1494176)
A range drop when loaded. Another no excuse range drop that seems to be reported by owners all the time. Where the excuse is probably that there was an overestimate of range by the manufacturers in the first place. Another range drop because the outside temperature is too hot or too cold for the batteries. Another range drop because the HVAC was running and the headlights on and the radio was too loud. Frankly I'm surprised these things can get to the end of the driveway.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: mc squared 6/17/2023 7:50:56 PM (No. 1494188)
I'm shocked.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 6/17/2023 8:24:35 PM (No. 1494202)
If you want your battery to last a few years you should only charge to 85%.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Axeman 6/17/2023 8:53:07 PM (No. 1494216)
Math is hard...
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Reply 17 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/17/2023 9:49:28 PM (No. 1494250)
Just when your marketing BS falls short, Physics WINS. Batteries have a 'max load' potential, exceed that and the battery discharges at a very high rate. It's called a Logarithmic curve...and it gets ugly when overloaded.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers 6/17/2023 10:44:34 PM (No. 1494263)
Was this measurement done in the dead of winter? Probably not. EVs don’t suffer cold well, and the loss of range with increased load would likely be much worse than in the summer.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: mifla 6/18/2023 5:26:12 AM (No. 1494352)
EVs are expensive. Replacing batteries is astronomical. Cold weather diminishes the batter power. Almost no charging stations. Takes hours to recharge. No thanks.
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