Maximize Your F-150 Lightning's Range This Winter

Easy Steps You Can Take to Get the Most Out of Your F-150 Lightning In Its First Winter

December 1, 2022 | East Brookfield, MA

The Ford truck experts at Lamoureux Ford want to reassure you that your new Ford F-150 Lightning is ready for its first Massachusetts winter. Ford engineers subjected the Built-Ford-Tough electric pickup truck to months of real-world winter conditions in Alaska and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In Ford's atmospheric test chambers, batteries were tested in temperatures as low as -40°F and as high as 140°F and passed with flying colors. However, as with any electric battery, extreme temperatures do have an effect on performance and there are proactive steps you can take to minimize those effects.

Your F-150 Lightning is equipped with a powerful lithium-ion battery that consists of cells containing electrolyte fluid that produces a chemical reaction creating the energy necessary to propel your truck and run the many systems it needs to keep you comfortable and maintain battery temperature. When temperatures dip below 40°F, this fluid becomes viscous, slowing down the reaction process responsible for the transfer of electrons. This can affect not only the range that your Lightning can drive on a charge, but also how quickly it can recharge.

Lamoureux Ford wants you to know that range reduction in winter is normal, expected and not a cause for alarm. As you enter your first winter driving your electric-powered F-150 Lightning, we're here to provide you with some helpful tips that you can follow to reduce the effects that cold temperatures will have on your driving range and recharging durations.

Maximize your F-150 Lightning's range in winter by following these easy practices:

  1. Park your F-150 Lightning in a garage whenever possible. Even if your garage is not heated, it is usually a few degrees warmer than outside temperatures.
  2. Plug-in your F-150 Lightning when parked This will allow battery warming systems to draw power from the grid rather than your battery.
  3. For longer drives, precondition your F-150 Lightning using departure times to warm the battery while plugged-in by using the FordPass app or the center console screen.
  4. Use heated seats and steering wheel as primary heat source rather than the HVAC system.
  5. Turn off the heating system when charging or lower the temperature enough to remain comfortable  (especially when using DCFC)
  6. If snow is covering your F-150 Lightning, brush it all off to eliminate extra weight and drag on the vehicle when driving.
  7. Keep your driving speed moderate. High speeds use more energy and will decrease your range.
  8. Keep tires inflated to the proper air pressure. Tire pressure will drop in cold temperatures, so it's a good idea to routinely check their air pressure for maximum efficiency and performance.

Your F-150 Lightning is ready to tackle the extreme temperatures and demanding road conditions that Massachusetts is known for. Preparing yourself for the change in driving range and recharging time that your EV battery will experience is a great way to get the most out of your truck and to maximize your driving experience. Lamoureux Ford welcomes the opportunity to make your winter driving easier, safer and more fun!