Disaster and disappointment strike as a man tries to tow with his electric truck- one of a truck’s most basic functions and requirements.
Tyler Hoover recorded the fateful experiment and shared it on his YouTube channel as a warning to others counting on their EV trucks to do their jobs.
Tyler Hoover (like many eco-conscious drivers) decided to try an electric vehicle. The idea behind EVs is to reduce energy costs and environmental impact- an honorable principle supported by many.
As an automotive aficionado and passionate commentator, Tyler is known for sharing valuable feedback on various models.
He recently purchased an electric vehicle from Ford and decided to put it to the test for his YouTube channel audience.
Hoover’s goal for the experiment was to test his Ford F 150 Lightning electric truck on its towing capacity and range.
Step one involved hooking up an empty aluminum trailer to test the truck’s towing range capacity over a total of 64 miles. The plan was to drive the truck 32 miles with the empty trailer to pick up another truck and then tow it back home.
Judging by the results shown in the video, the whole thing was a total disaster.
The Lightning’s towing range capacity left much to be desired- even on the first leg of the journey. In the time Hoover traversed 32 miles with the empty trailer, the truck’s range drained by 68 miles.
Hoover then loaded his new Model A pickup truck into the trailer and made the same journey home. This time, the electric truck used up 90 miles of range over 30 miles of distance.
All-in-all, almost 2.5 times the actual distance traveled was used up in the vehicle’s battery range.
The Lightning’s towing capacity when pulling only an empty trailer was so bad- Hoover decided his second experiment wasn’t even worth trying!
His original intention was to test the Ford’s maximum tow capacity by hooking up a heavier load, but Hoover decided it was a waste of time.
Hoover determined the Ford F 150 Lightning looked good but could barely carry off what he called normal truck things.
If it can’t even tow effectively with a lightweight over a short distance, it doesn’t cut it as a worthwhile truck.
If a man tries to tow with his electric truck, he should at least be able to haul a lightweight trailer, and if that doesn’t work, there is an issue that needs addressing.
The Ford Lightning was a total disaster in a simple task. It begs the question: are electric trucks a waste of money?
If the Lightning’s towing capacity is anything to go by, this is a question any potential buyer should ask themselves.
According to Hoover, it is fine, for appearance’s sake, but not a recommended option for anyone who needs their truck to act like a truck.
Apparently, electric cars significantly reduce a person’s impact on the environment, and they can have other benefits. However, there are concerns about their performance- not just how well they can tow a trailer.
There has been a wave of EV-related incidents in Los Angeles. If you are involved in an accident related to an electric car, truck, or scooter- speak to a legal expert straight away.
At Ehline Law, the attorneys have years of experience working as leading personal injury lawyers and are the best people to have on your side going into a claim.
We care about clients and their situations- and leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice.
Call the team today to discuss your case and learn more about electric vehicles and the law. Disappointing performance is not the only downside- and we can help get justice for you.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.