This is the first F-150 Lightning to arrive in Estevan. It was seen charging at Peavey Mart’s free 48-amp charger. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

On July 5, the first Ford F-150 Lightning was seen in the wild, charging at Estevan’s Peavey Mart.

And if its battery was down to 15 per cent, it would take 13 hours at that 48-amp charging station to bring it to 100 per cent.

Here’s the walk around by Pipeline Online editor Brian Zinchuk

This truck is XLT trim, meaning cloth seats, not leather. The base price is $68,000 and with the extended range battery and towing options, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, before tax is $85,995. With GST and PST, that comes to $95,454.45.
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While other manufacturers have brought electric pickups to the market, the F-150 is the best selling vehicle in Canada, making this the first EV pickup from a major North American manufacturer. General Motors has since announced its electric Silverado, and Ram is expected to release an electric pickup soon.

This June 21, 2021 story by Design News  regarding the charging the F-150 Lightning is referenced in the walkaround video
80-Amp Ford Charge Station Pro Cuts Lightning Recharge Time by 40 Percent

In it, F-150 Lightning chief engineer Linda Zhang said, “In order to get the overnight charging we needed, we installed dual chargers as well as upped the amperage of that wall box to be able to deliver 80 amps of service and get a lot more power through there so we can charge the battery quicker and get overnight to full.”

The article stated, “To power this beast of a wall box, the owner will need to have an electrician wire it to a 100-amp circuit in the home’s breaker box. Some people are even connecting the wall box to its own power meter, Zhang said. While the box is 80 amps, using a 100-amp circuit to power it provides some breathing room. ‘The electrician would need to run 100-amp service to the wall box,’ Zhang said. ‘That is usually what ends up needing to happen just to provide a little bit of buffer.'”

 

A typical power supply for an older house in Saskatchewan is 100 amps for the entire house, will much older homes can see 50 or 65 amp service, again, to service the entire house. Newer homes are often built with 200 amp service, but  as with anything, you can get more if you pay for more.

Design News continued, “The result of this powerful connection through the Ford Charge Station Pro 80-amp wall box and the dual onboard chargers of the extended-range battery Lightning trucks is the ability to charge the truck’s pack from 15 charge to 100 percent in eight hours. Using the 48-amp Ford Connected Charge Station would take 13 hours, and using the 32-amp Ford Mobile Charger that comes with each Lightning, plugged into a dryer outlet or the equivalent, would take 19 hours.”

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The charger at Peavey Mart was rated for 48 amps, according to the sticker on the side of it.

Design News noted, “The smaller standard-range, 230-mile battery pack will charge in 14 hours using the dryer plug and Mobile Charger and takes ten hours to charge using the 48-amp Connected Charge Station wall box. The standard battery still needs ten hours to charge with the 80-amp Charge Station Pro because that vehicle doesn’t have to dual onboard chargers necessary to exploit the extra power available.”

This 2017 video from Peavey Mart explains that they’ve been installing charging stations at their stores since 2013, back when such chargers were “basically unheard of.” At the time of the video, “customers can use it completely free.” There was no obvious method of payment on the station, so that appears to remain the case.

There is a larger DC fast charging station at Estevan’s Canadian Tire. However, that one charges for the power, and Pipeline Online has not yet observed it in use, despite being a frequent visitor of Canadian Tire. According to Chargehub.com, that station charges $20 per hour for Level 3 charging, and $2 per hour for Level 2 charging. It lists Estevan’s Peavey Mart charger as “free.”

 

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Here’s a side-by-side test of a F150 Lightning vs a GMC Denali 6.2 L pulling identical trailers near Denver, Colorado, on the same trip. The truck had the 131 kilowatt extended range battery. Pulling a 6,000 lbs toy hauler travel trailer, the Lightning, which started with a 100 per cent charge, was only able to make 85.9 miles before they had to pull into a fast charger. It pulled into the charger with nine per cent charge remaining, which might have given them another nine miles. Otherwise, they would have been stuck on the side of the Interstate.

The Denali did double the distance (155.8 miles), still had a quarter tank left, and got 8.9 miles to the U.S. gallon (3.78 litres). It refilled 17.3 gallons of fuel in a few minutes for a cost of US$93.89 The F-150 charged to 75 per cent in 45 minutes on the DC quick charger in a Target parking lot. The electricity cost US$27 for a charge up to 75 per cent, for half the distance, 86 miles. They did not have the time to charge it to 100 per cent.

 

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