Ford’s all-electric F-150 Lightning can charge itself via bi-directional charging and regenerative braking.
But this pickup truck’s regenerative braking provides the most effective self-charging rate.
Regenerative braking is most efficient during stop-and-go traffic and least helpful during continuous highway driving.
Regenerative braking efficiency varies across motors but lands in the neighborhood of 60%-70%, electrek Report.
Energy loss during regenerative braking occurs when kinetic energy is captured and when an electric car is converting that energy back into acceleration, Tesla Report.
Various factors that affect regenerative braking effectiveness include driver position, terrain, and vehicle size.
Large electric models like Ford’s The F-150 Lightning captures more kinetic energy during regenerative braking because they have more momentum.
Ford’s F-150 Lightning can additionally charge itself via bi-directional charging which uses a battery pack to power other electrical devices outside the vehicle.
Drivers can use the Ford F-150 Lightning’s bi-directional charging by plugging their truck’s charging cable into a 240-volt outlet in the vehicle’s bed.
A 7.2-kWh inverter powers the Ford F-150 Lightning model, Fox reports.
The drivers decided to experimentally plug the Ford F-150 Lightning’s charging cable into the truck’s 240-volt outlet.
Testing showed that the truck charged itself with 12% of wasted energy.
These energy losses occurred when the F-150 Lightning converted electricity from DC to AC, back to DC, car and driver Report.
As of now, the 2022 F-150 Lightning starts at $39,947 Wade,