Which one has a phantom drain problem

The electric revolution has hit the truck market, and big electric trucks like the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning are vying for the wallets of truck fans. Both of these electric trucks are very capable and have impressive features, but there are key differences between them. Here’s a look at the 2022 Rivian R1T and the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and which electric truck has a phantom drain issue.

The electric revolution is only accelerating

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More and more car buyers choose to buy an electric vehicle every year, and this trend will soon become the law. For example, California recently passed a law banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, and there are criteria automakers will have to meet along the way. Other states will likely join California in issuing this ban.

It won’t be a quick or easy transition, as a lot of infrastructure will need to be created to accommodate electric vehicles. President Biden’s infrastructure bill and the Cut Inflation Act will do just that, as they provide a lot of funding for electric vehicles and electric vehicle-related infrastructure. Not only that, but the electric revolution is something many automakers are embracing.

Many automakers have already announced plans for how they will enter the electric future. Most will slow down and introduce more and more electric vehicles every year. Some automakers, such as Buick, plan to have an all-electric lineup by 2030. As more countries pass laws to support the electric revolution, automakers are likely to get more aggressive with their rollout of electric vehicles.

A look at the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Rivian R1T and the phantom drain problem

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Two electric vehicles currently competing against each other are the Rivian R1T, which is the first modern production electric truck, and the Ford F-150 Lightning, which is the second. Both trucks offer some great features, with Rivian having conveniences like its transmission tunnel, and the Lightning looking a lot like the popular F-150.

That said, the Lightning currently hold a big advantage over the R1T, according to Self-evolution, and it has to do with the phantom drain problem. This problem is simple, but it can be very annoying. Ghost draining simply means that the electric vehicle battery loses its charge even though owners are not using their car. And unfortunately, this issue seems to be affecting the R1T right now.

When both trucks were left outside for just under two weeks, the Lightning barely lost any range. It was still at 100% charge and its maximum range had decreased by five miles. On the other hand, the R1T lost 27% of its autonomy. This issue might be a software glitch, and that’s why Rivian tried to fix this issue with a software update.

An overview of the characteristics of these two electric trucks

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Other than that phantom drain issue, both trucks are good trucks. The standard Lightning starts at around $40,000, while the R1T starts at around $69,000. The Lightning has two electric motors that develop 452 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque, while the R1T has four electric motors that develop 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque.

The standard Lightning has a range of around 230 miles, but Ford offers an extended range option that tops out at 320 miles. The R1T, meanwhile, gets a range of 314 miles, but there’s no extended range option. As for trucks, the Ford can tow up to 10,000 pounds and it has a payload capacity of 2,000 pounds. The Rivian can tow 11,000 pounds and it has a payload capacity of 1,760 pounds.

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Robert M. Larson