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A Tesla Supercharger is a charging station that provides fast, reliable electricity to electric cars. Currently, Tesla uses its own proprietary connector on its Supercharger network in North America which exclusively supports Tesla EVs, but Elon Musk has talked about opening the Superchargers up to other non-Tesla EVs. Tesla began testing the concept with the European CCS connector standard in Norway last year, and has since expanded it to Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Austria.

Recently, in a While House memo, it was mentioned, “Later this year, Tesla will begin production of new Supercharger equipment that will enable non-Tesla EV drivers in North America to use Tesla Superchargers.” This will make Tesla eligible for federal funds if it builds out its Supercharger network for non-Tesla EVs.

The Ford Lightning looks and drives like a standard F-150. It’s aerodynamic, which means it’s easier to handle and has improved traction, but it looks more like a pickup than a gimmick. With a large battery, it also provides better balance and ride. It also doesn’t require you to shift gears while driving.

Corresponding with the latest EV tax credits, the Lightning’s pricing for the 2023 model has been increased to match. The base model is up $7,000 to $46,974 (less credits), while an extended-range Lightning will set you back nearly $100,000. As a result, the Lightning won’t be affordable for everyone, but it’s a great option if you’re looking for an electric pickup.

The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning adds an extra 10 miles of range with a standard battery pack for a total of 240 miles and an Extended Range battery pack option. Both battery packs are capable of towing a 10,000-pound vehicle. When tested, the Ford Lightning with the extended battery had an unloaded range of 320 miles. However, Ford engineers have not revealed how towing affects the vehicle’s range. Although, a video of a test of an extended battery Lightning shows the gauge cluster reading 128 miles, which may give us an idea of its capabilities, about 1/3 of its normal range.

The Standard Range battery pack delivers 426 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque, powered by dual electric motors making it All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The 2023 F-150 Lightning is based on a military-grade aluminum alloy body, which contributes to the impressive performance numbers.

The Ford F-150 Lightning can be recharged using a 150kW DC fast charger. It can be fully charged from 15 to 80 percent in just 40 minutes, depending on the battery size. For those who want to charge more efficiently, the F-150 Lightning comes with an 80-amp charging station, which costs $1,310 for the standard-range model.

Although the Ford Lightning isn’t designed to rival the likes of a Hummer or a Jeep, it’s certainly capable of handling rough terrain. While it’s not intended to be as rugged as a Hummer, it will appeal to mainstream buyers who aren’t necessarily interested in a rugged SUV. Ford’s partnership with CATL to provide Lithium Iron Phosphate LFP batteries in the future Lightning may or may not offer better ranges, but for 2023, the Lightning is one of the most capable EV pickups available.

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