Popular YouTuber Complains That Ford Lightning Winter Range Is Too Small

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
popular youtuber complains that ford lightning winter range is too small

Hoovie's Garage, aka Tyler Hoover, is a popular YouTube influencer, and he's claiming he's "done" with his Ford F-150 Lightning, which he owns with a friend, because the range in the winter isn't good enough.

He's later seen getting an appraisal in case he decides to trade the truck in, and he's also seen setting up a test drive of a GMC Hummer EV.

Here's the thing: Hoover himself admits that he left the truck sitting outside overnight in slightly below-freezing weather. So perhaps its not surprising that his truck dropped from an estimated range of 149 miles to 37 miles over the course of a 64-mile drive.

We also see him driving at 75 mph on the freeway with a strong headwind. An InsideEVs writer who owns a Lightning suggests he's managed to consume less power than Hoover, in similar or even colder conditions, by taking steps to mitigate the cold's effects on range.

The whole InsideEVs article is interesting -- and ends by subtly suggesting that maybe Hoover had planned to sell the Lightning once he had his content needs filled, range issues or not.

We'll add that like with ICE cars, consumption depends on a lot of factors -- driving style, whether something is being towed, wind, et cetera. It's also known that EVs do suffer from reduced range in cold weather.

We don't know if Hoover had an unusually bad experience with his Lightning or if he was dealing with some really extreme conditions. It is a reminder, however, that experiences with EVs may vary -- and one should be careful to check multiple sources before believing one YouTuber's experience with a vehicle is a representative sample.

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  • Kip65688146 Kip65688146 on Dec 15, 2022

    As a MN resident who is now driving a Volt through its 8th winter I can tell you EV's really do fall on their face in the winter. First the battery loses range. Secondly electric heat sucks more range out of the battery. I'll often not use the heat but I have still have to run the defroster so I can see out of the front windshield. Third, my Volt slips through the air and rides on tires designed to roll. But with snow piled on it and snow covered roads all that is lost, more battery power drain. Now imagine trying to tow with one.

    I may go with a full on EV once the Volt is done for my DD, but my next tow vehicle will be gas, just like my current one. I just towed 5500 lbs. of a new to me boat back to Minneapolis from Montana on winter roads a few weeks ago. We drove straight through. No problem for my 15 year old Tahoe. Imagine trying to do that trip in a brand new Ford Lightning? $hit I'd probably still be somewhere in North Dakota trying to get back!........LOL

    Battery tech has a long way to go for us people in cold climates. The Lightning might be a better choice over an ICE PU for fleet use. It(All other EV PU's included) is useless for all us truck owners that tow long distances regularly into rural areas. Add winter towing and it's less than useless!

    • EBFlex EBFlex on Dec 16, 2022

      Congrats on the boat. Your experience is certainly not unique but at least you have an ICE backup in that Volt. I never considered the defroster aspect. Makes Ford’s advice to not use the heat even more foolish.

      And again, 30 degrees is not cold. I can only imagine what the range loss would be when it’s actually cold.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Dec 16, 2022

    Here is the definitive answer.

    Canada knows what's up.

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