How to charge the Ford F-150 Lightning

According to Ford, 79% of F-150 Lightning reservation owners have never owned an electric vehicle before. For us, this translates into a lot of education will be required when it comes to loading the F-150 Lightning.

To help you out, we’ve produced an in-depth charging exploration video specifically for Lightning reservation holders – and anyone who really wants to learn more about the basics of electric vehicle charging. It’s a deep dive not only into the basics of electric vehicle charging, but also into all the gear Ford offers to charge the Lightning.

Ford’s charging options for the F-150 Lightning

The video begins by explaining the three EV charging levels:

  • Level 1: 120 volts from a regular household outlet
  • Level 2: 208 to 240 volts from a 240-volt outlet or hard-wired charging station
  • DC Fast Charge (sometimes referred to as Level 3): 400 volts to 900+ volts on public charging networks

The Lightning F-150 will add 2-3 miles of range per hour of charge when using Ford’s mobile charger and 120-volt adapter. It will recharge at 12 amps and receive a little over 1 kW. Since the F-150 Lightning with the standard range battery pack has a 98 kWh (usable) battery pack and the extended battery pack has 131 kWh (usable), level 1 charging will take a very long time.

Ford mobile charger

Ford Dual Voltage Mobile Charger

Ford mobile charger: Ford offers a variety of Level 2 charging options for F-150 Lightning owners. The mobile charger has a NEMA 14-50 adapter and will provide 30 amps (although it is marketed as a 32 amp unit) to the Lightning. That’s good for just over 7kW and will add around 14 miles of range per hour of charge.

Lightning owners who wish to use the mobile charger with the NEMA 14-50 outlet will need to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet on a dedicated 50 amp circuit.

Ford Connected Charging Station

Ford Connected Charging Station for $ 799.00

Ford Connected Charging Station: For those who want a little faster home charging, Ford offers the Ford Connected Charge station. This is a 48 amp charging station that must be wired on a dedicated 60 amp circuit. It can deliver 11.3 kW to the Lightning and add 20 miles of range per hour of charge.

It should be noted that the Connected Charging Station can be purchased from the dealer when ordering your F-150 Lightning, and FORd will consolidate the cost into your monthly payment. Your dealership can also arrange installation on the connected charging station (and any other charging equipment you get from Ford), through their EV charging installation partner, Qmerit.

Ford Pro charging station

Ford Pro charging station

Ford Pro charging stationIn addition to the mobile charger, F-150 Lightning owners who opt for the extended-range battery will also receive Ford’s Charge Station Pro charging station with the vehicle. The Charge Station Pro is an 80 amp charging station that uses the CCS connector. It needs the CCS connector because the Charge Station Pro is capable of two-way power flow and is needed to use Ford’s smart backup power system. The two DC pins provide power from the Lightning to your home when you use the smart backup power feature.

Only the F-150 Lightning with extended battery life can take advantage of the full 80 amps of the Charge Station Pro. This is because the extended-run battery option comes with two built-in 40-amp chargers for a total output of 80 amps (19.2 kW) and can add on average around 32 miles of range for every hour of charge.

The F-150 Lightnings with the standard range battery have a single 48 amp on-board charger and can only accept 11.3 kW. Therefore, the Charge Station Pro does not charge the Lightning with the standard range battery any faster than the Ford Connected Charger, and will add approximately 20 miles of range per hour.

However, owners who have the standard range battery may still want to purchase a Ford Charge Station Pro so that they can use the smart backup power feature. If you’re looking to purchase one, we recommend that you wait a few months after Ford ships the F-150 Lightning, as many extended-range lighting owners who get the Charge Station Pro with their vehicle will find they cannot install it at their home without a full electrical service upgrade. Some of these owners will likely sell the Charge Station Pro, and you can probably buy one for a lot less than Ford is offering them.

The F-150 Lightning can take up to 150 kW, and Ford estimates a 15% to 80% charge time of 41 minutes for the Lightning with the extended range battery pack and 44 minutes for trucks with the range pack. standard. The fact that the Lightning with the larger battery will hit 80% three minutes faster than with the smaller standard battery indicates that Ford implemented a much more aggressive charge curve on the Lightning with the extended range pack. InsideEVs will perform a full 0-100% DC fast charge test on the Lightning as soon as Ford makes one available to us.

It is important to note that these DC fast charge time estimates are only valid when charging on a 150kW (or greater) DC fast charger. There are still a lot of DC fast chargers in use that are limited to 50kW, and when charging on one of them, Lightning with the standard range pack will take 91 minutes to recharge from 15% to 80%. .

If you plug an extended run Lightning battery into a 50kW DC fast charger, it will take more than two hours (122 minutes) to go from 15% to 80%. Therefore, it is very important to check the power level of the DC fast charger, and smartphone apps like Plugshare and Chargeway are ideal to help you do this.

While Ford’s smart backup power isn’t actually part of the charging of the F150 Lightning, we added it to the video because it requires the Ford Charge Station Pro. With the smart backup power system, the F-150 Lightning can deliver up to 9.6kW to your home, which is enough to power an average home for at least three days.

The smart backup power feature allows F-150 Lightning owners to power their home with the F-150 Lightning during power outages. In addition to the Ford Charge Station Pro, customers will also need to purchase and install an automatic transfer switch. Ford has partnered with solar power supplier Sunrun to supply and install the transfer switch. Sunrun has not yet provided the cost of the transfer that is required to activate the Intelligent Backup Power feature.

F-150 Lightning smart backup power supply

We know this is a very long video (44 minutes) that covers a lot of basic information that many EV enthusiasts are already familiar with. However, we’ve opted for thoroughness over brevity, as most F-150 Lightning owners experience electric car charging for the first time.

I have an F-150 Lightning reservation and once I take delivery of my Lightning I’ll do another 15-minute limited F-150 Lightning charging video for those who want a shorter preview.

Watch the video and let us know what additional information we need to add in the next episode and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Robert M. Larson