Is the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning actually cheaper to drive than a brand new turbo-diesel, fuel V8, or fuel/electrical hybrid pickup truck? We put these 4 pickups collectively for a definitive gasoline, vitality, and value effectivity comparability. Contestants are a refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Path Boss with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel Duramax engine, a refreshed and new 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X with a fuel 6.2L V8, an all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Professional with a fuel/ electrical powertrain, and our long-term all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning.
You requested us to drive longer distances for our effectivity comparisons, so we prolonged our earlier loop (that we used over the past 7 years) to a 164.5-mile distance. The loop begins in Longmont, Colorado takes us all the best way to Fort Morgan, Colorado, and again to the place we began. When we aren’t towing, we run all of our automobiles on the pace restrict.
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The value of gasoline continues to set new information. It is getting very costly to refill a fuel or diesel pickup truck (or any car for that matter). In Colorado, we’re comparatively lucky with gasoline and diesel gasoline costs which might be a bit decrease than the nationwide common. Nonetheless, it would at present price properly over $100 for a full tank of gasoline in a pickup truck.
After finishing our 164.5-mile loop on a sizzling summer season day, we have been pleasantly shocked with each truck on this lineup. The big 420 horsepower V8 within the GMC Sierra off-road truck returned 20.3 mpg. The Sierra’s gasoline prices $43.74 to make this journey. The off-road-ready Tundra TRD Professional Hybrid with its 437 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 fuel/electrical hybrid returned 21.9 MPG. The Tundra’s gasoline prices us $38.33. The 277 horsepower 3.0-liter turbo-diesel Silverado 1500 off-road truck got here again with a formidable 27.0 MPG outcome and a $31.67 gasoline price.
The F-150 Lightning went to a public quick charger (Electrify America on this case), and acquired 77 kWh of vitality (simply over its 131 kWh complete battery capability). The Lightning registered 2.14 mi/kWh and an vitality price of $25.06 with a month-to-month $4 Electrify America membership.
Ultimately, the electrical pickup truck was the most cost effective to drive on this journey. If we wished to cost it extra slowly in a single day at our workplace or residence, the vitality worth for this journey would have been round $10. Nonetheless, the charging infrastructure wants extra work. It must be expanded and extra dependable. Additionally, the Lightning took practically an hour to recharge (on the quick charger) after this journey. The battery know-how and automobiles want to enhance to permit for faster cost occasions and extra vitality density.
In keeping with the EPA, one gallon of gasoline is equal to 33.7 kWh of vitality, and one gallon of diesel gasoline is equal to 37.9 kWh. Right here is how a lot vitality the vans used (after the conversion).
- GMC Sierra fuel V8: 273.0 kWh
- Toyota Tundra hybrid V6: 253.4 kWh
- Chevy Silverado turbo diesel I6: 230.8 kWh
- Ford F-150 Lightning EV: 77 kWh
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