Ford F-150 Lightning Vs Rivian R1T: Battle Of The Electric Pickup Trucks
Ford F-150 Lightning Vs Rivian R1T:
The Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning are two of the first full-electric pickup trucks that have reached mass-market consumers. Pickup trucks are supposed to be able, and both the new Guardian and its EV variant are poised to do exactly that.
With a difference in dimensions between the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivians R1T, it seems somewhat unfair to compare two electric trucks. Aside from a small difference in size between the two competing electric trucks, The Ford F-150 Lightning mentioned above is equipped with effective street tires, a definite downside in slick grassy surfaces.
The F-150, whereas the new Guardian, is slightly compacter than most full-size pickups, a point that has grown enormous over the past few years.
The Ford F-150 Lightning, for instance, is built on more of the traditional body-on-frame platform, which is full-size, and the Rivian R1T is the midsize variant, which has a monobody chassis.
If the 2022 Rivian R1T is designed to be an electric vehicle in the open, then the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is designed to be an electric vehicle in a contemporary American full-size pickup truck — at the time, it is easily the best-looking truck in the market.
Ford offers a plug-in version of its F-150, dubbed the F-150 Lightning, while Rivian is introducing a truck designed from the ground up with an electric motor, the R1T.
Fords goal is to provide an electric F-150 with real-world capabilities truck owners want, and Ford is not targeting the same kind of adventure-oriented lifestyle as Rivian. It is important to acknowledge that the Rivian R1T is stronger and has double the motors of the F-150 Lightning, but the EV trucks are still performing similarly across so many different areas, that it is unclear the Rivian is a better value around $10.
Despite the fact that both trucks are comparable for battery size and range (130kWh and 320 miles for the Ford, 133kWh and 314 miles for the Rivian R1T), we were initially concerned with the peak charging speed of 150kW in 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning over Rivians 220kW.
The 2022 Ford all-electric F-150 Lightning is slightly slower than the 2022 Rivian R1T, taking four seconds to reach 60 miles per hour, but it did manage to achieve a 332-mile range on Edmunds test. While the R1T offered greater towing capability and a few neat storage areas, the Lightning boasts a larger cargo bed and more reliable system to deliver the energy.
Storage-wise, both vehicles offer great capacities, but the Lightning has slightly more, as it is just a bigger truck.
The Rivian R1T is extremely rugged and durable – testing of the car in challenging terrain has proven this – but Rivian has typically promoted the R1T as a pick-up truck that will carry families everywhere in the backcountry.