The all-new Ford F-150® Lightning™ will give customers the range information they need to tow long distances with the confidence they’re accustomed to. The Ford Intelligent Range and FordPass™ Power My Trip plus the available class-exclusive† Onboard Scales work seamlessly to give F-150 Lightning customers more accurate vehicle range estimates based on actual towing experiences and real-time energy use, while Trailer Profile remembers their trailer specifics so the system can associate energy use for each trailer used.
“We know many F-150 Lightning customers will be first-time electric vehicle owners who expect that familiar Built Ford Tough capability along with robust towing,” said Linda Zhang, chief engineer, F-150 Lightning. “That’s why we created smart technologies to help take the worry out of towing long distances by giving customers more reliable and accurate range calculations, and then automatically locate charge points along the way, if needed.”
On F-150 Lightning, Intelligent Range collects key vehicle data to determine how much electrical energy drivers are using in real time. This includes traffic speed, ambient temperature, available battery energy, plus driver habits, climate control use and route topography. The system also uses cloud computing to gauge energy use from other similar types of Ford electric vehicles operating in similar situations, resulting in more accurate vehicle range calculations over time.
Intelligent Range can also sample similar towing and energy use situations to further refine range calculations in real time. This happens automatically through available Ford Onboard Scales, which communicate with Intelligent Range. As range data improves and the system becomes more robust, the system can be further refined via Ford Power-Up over-the-air software updates.
Bringing a more confident electric towing experience to life is FordPass Power My Trip, the online mapping system where drivers can plan out their trips. Customers simply input their trailer information into Trailer Profile, then enter their destination into the SYNC® 4/4A navigation system or on their smartphone via the FordPass app. Power My Trip automatically maps their towing route using Intelligent Range – and provides charge points along the way, if needed.
Should an F-150 Lightning customer need to stop for a charge along the way, they can access the Ford BlueOval™ Charge Network, North America’s largest public charging network with more than 20,500 charge locations and 70,000+ plugs across North America. That includes more than 7,300 DC fast chargers, some that can deliver up to 150 kW of energy, giving an extended range F-150 Lightning from 15 per cent to 80 per cent of additional estimated battery range in 41 minutes when using 150 kW chargers.
Every F-150 Lightning customer will get a Ford Mobile Power cord charger, which gives them 120- or 240-volt AC charging with easy, portable charge connectivity wherever they go. Extended range F-150 Lightning customers will also receive an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, which they can install at home or work. Standard range customers can purchase the Ford Charge Station Pro for CAD $1,699.95 MSRP plus tax.
To learn more about Ford electric vehicles and Ford intelligent charging, go tohttps://www.ford.ca/trucks/