Forward of its scheduled arrival in dealerships later this yr, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has been present process chilly climate testing in Alaska.
Whereas chilly climate can have an effect on EV vary, this testing program primarily has to do with the powertrain, in line with a Ford press launch. For this so-called “low-mu” testing—the Greek letter mu sometimes represents the coefficient of friction in engineering and physics—engineers targeted on how the dual-motor powertrain adjusted energy to the wheels on low-traction surfaces. As soon as dialed in, the short torque supply ought to be an asset in wintry circumstances, the automaker guarantees.
A fleet of six check mules have been pushed on a wide range of surfaces, together with free snow, packed-groomed snow, ice, and half ice-half concrete surfaces, Ford stated. All in freezing temperatures.
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning cold-weather testing in Alaska
Along with Alaska, engineers have carried out related lo-mu testing in Michigan’s Higher Peninsula, Borrego Springs and Johnson Valley in California, and at Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds close to Romeo, Michigan, the automaker famous. And just lately, we acquired a really feel for the Lightning’s traction finesse in a ride-along on some gravel roads.
Though that is primarily concerning the traction programs and never the battery, it goes to indicate that Ford is not focusing the Lightning towards California, or different ZEV states particularly, and it absolutely anticipated prospects within the northern plains—and even Alaska.
This seems to parallel a message Ford additionally made with the Mach-E—that its attraction goes properly past the California bubble. Additional, Ford has underscored that the majority F-150 Lightning intenders are EV newbies, indicating the truck is producing curiosity amongst customers past the early adopters that fueled the primary wave of EV purchases.