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Here’s What You Need To Know About The EV That Beat Tesla’s Cybertruck To Market

Here is everything you need to know about the EV that beat Tesla’s Cybertruck to the market.

Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning hits the road for the first time Ford’s new electric version of its iconic F-150 pickup truck has hit the roads for the first time. The F-150 Lightning is Ford’s first electric vehicle sold in the U.S. and beat out Tesla’s electric Cybertruck for the number one spot on the market. The F-Series is Ford’s bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for 40 years. F-Series sales average around 900,000 units annually, bringing in over $40 billion in sales.

The F-150 Lightning was first owned by Nicholas Schmidt, chief technology officer of grid optimization startup. According to Bloomberg, he plans to trade in his gas-powered Ford F-150 for the Lightning.

The Cybertruck was first announced by Tesla in 2019. Ford announced the F-150 Lightning the same year. While Tesla has faced delays, its CEO Elon Musk said the electric truck would be ready for production later this year and could be on sale in 2023 at Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory opening ceremony.

Both Ford and GM put their electric trucks on sale in different price ranges. Ford’s entry-level electric F-150 (Lightning Pro) starts at just under $40k, while the XLT starts at just over $52k, the Lariat is priced at just under $67k, and the F-150 Platinum is priced at just over $90k.

While Musk previously said Cybertruck could be priced at $1 million, the Cybertruck starts at $39,900 with a single motor; $49,900 with a dual motor; and $69,900 with a powerful triple motor. When it comes to performance, though, we’ve seen a Cybertruck pull a gas-fuelled Ford F-150 up the hill.

The Cybertruck’s maximum payload capacity is 3,500 lbs (1,590 kg) for all three models. Ford’s Standard Range trucks have a maximum payload of 2,000 lb (1,071 kg) and Ford’s Extended Range models have 1,800 lb (860 kg). The F-150 Lightning is the entry-level model with a range of 230 miles (370 kilometers). The extended-range model has a range of 280 miles (450 kilometers) to 480 kilometers, depending on the trim level. Tesla clearly outperforms Ford when it comes to range. At the other end of the spectrum is Cybertruck’s entry-level model. For the same price, you’ll get 250 mpg (400 km), 300 mpg (480 km) with dual-motor models, and 500 mpg (800 km) with tri-motor models.

Charge speeds are rated at 150 kW, and the F-150 Lightning’s battery can go from 15 percent charge to 80 percent in about 45 minutes. However, given the F-150’s short-range, long-haul travel will necessitate more charging stops.

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