Originally posted on EVANNEX.
by Charles Morris
Several electric pickups are due to hit the market later this year, but the two models everyone’s talking about are Ford’s F-150 Lightning and Tesla’s Cybertruck. They are completely different vehicles, to say the least, and there are plenty of point-by-point comparisons. In a recent recap, I discussed the two trucks’ different design aesthetics, and conventional wisdom that will appeal to two different groups of buyers.
Now, CNET’s Roadshow has been evaluated with a video that focuses more on the competitors’ announced specifications. It ended up being something of an apple-to-orange scenario, because Ford released some detailed specs, while Tesla was more vague. (The narrator on CNET, like much of the media, is so angry about Tesla’s lack of a PR department, she makes her opinion known with a series of scathing comments.)
Both models will have different battery options. The Ford F-150 Lightning comes with two engines, and with the largest battery option, the expected range is 300 miles. The top-of-the-line Tesla Cybertruck ups the ante with three motors and a range of up to 500 miles.
Drivers considering switching to electric always want to know how long it takes to charge, and most automakers are happy to provide estimates—with an asterisk and a bunch of fine print at the bottom, of course. CNET notes that Ford has provided very detailed information about estimated charging times, while for Tesla, they have to form an estimate based on the specifications of current models.
Comparing charging times, especially for two vehicles that aren’t on the road yet, is probably useless anyway. There are many variables that affect charging rates, which is why, in my writing, I don’t generally even mention estimated charging times for automakers. Charging time is something potential electric vehicle buyers care a lot about, but current electric vehicle owners rarely think about. At home, it takes overnight. On the way, you take a sandwich and a cup of coffee – two if your battery is very low.
When it comes to power and torque, Ford says the F-150 will deliver 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque. Tesla hasn’t given any firm numbers for the Cybertruck, but CNET estimates around 800 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft.
What about acceleration, that very important parameter of a pickup truck? In this section, you can count on Tesla to be very specific, right down to the nanosecond. The Ford is expected to go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and the Tesla in 2.9.
CNET’s Roadshow shows the upcoming Ford F-150 Lightning against the much-anticipated Tesla Cybertruck (YouTube: Roadshow)
The size of the F-150 Lightning is very close to the size of the old F-150. In overall length and width, the Cybertruck differs from the F-150 by only an inch or two. The Ford is about four inches longer. (Elon said the dimensions of the production version may differ from those of the prototypes we’ve seen.)
Based on the stated specifications, the Cybertruck appears to be more off-road capable. There is a big difference in ground clearance: 9 inches for the Ford and up to 16 inches for the Tesla with the optional air suspension. The Cybertruck also has wider approach and launch angles.
When it’s time to move something (other than an ass), the Cybertruck demands more capacity: 3,500 pounds of payload, compared to the F-150’s 1,800 pounds; And 14 thousand Qatari pounds compared to 10 thousand pounds. How much will the diameter reduce? None of the car manufacturers said, and it probably depends on multiple factors. Pickup experts note that a Fossil car can experience a gas mileage rise of up to 50% when towing a large trailer.
What is the bottom line? Ford says the base F-150 Lightning will start at $39.974, plus a destination fee. If you choose the long-term battery and all the good stuff, you can pay up to 90 thousand. Tesla’s starting price is about the same — $39,900 for the Single Motor RWD version, $49,900 for the Dual Motor AWD, and $69,900 for the Tri Motor AWD. Add another $10,000 for the full self-driving package.
As CNET notes (among other things), Tesla prices aren’t fixed at all, and the company tends to produce higher-margin, option-laden versions first (most automakers do, for a new model), so you probably won’t get the $39,900 Cybertruck handed anytime soon.
What truck wins a knockout crush? Look at the specs and decide for yourself – or if you’re patient, wait until you can test both before parting with the forty thousand. The two electric trucks should be available less than a year from now, and one thing’s for sure – the automotive world will never be the same.