When it comes to engine power and towing capacities, the F150 Pickup Trucks lineup is legendary. Today’s discussion will cover the 2022 Ford Lightning Towing Capacity with charts and recommended towing equipment. But what is the 2022 Ford Electric Truck towing capacity?

On Extended-Range Battery, the 2022 Ford Lightning has a Maximum Towing Capacity of 10,000 lbs and a Maximum Payload Capacity of 1,800 lbs.

On Standard-Range Battery, the 2022 Ford Lightning has a Maximum Towing Capacity of 7,700 lbs and a Maximum Payload Capacity of 2,000 lbs.

Battery OptionTargeted Max PayloadTargeted Max TowingHitch
Standard-Range Battery2,000 pounds (lbs)7,700 pounds (lbs)2 inches Class III
Extended-Range Battery1,800 pounds (lbs)10,000 pounds (lbs)2 inches Class IV
2022 Ford Lightning Towing and Payload Capacity Table

The trailer tow package (53D) is required to tow greater weight-carrying trailers on both Standard-Range Battery (max. towing capacity 7,7000 lbs) and Extended-Range Battery (max. towing capacity 10,000 lbs.). Include the trailer weight distribution hitch for more towing safety.

This should be noted that the trailer weight must not exceed 5,000 lbs when towing with or by bumper only.

The primary factors affecting the towing capacity are the available Battery options and other available configurations. The information provided in this guide is taken from the official 2022 Ford Lightning Towing Guide.

2022 Ford Lightning Trim Levels

This Ford electric truck has 4 trim levels.

  1. PRO
  2. XLT
  3. Lariat
  4. Platinum

These trim levels have different cosmetic additions and features. The PRO trim is the base model of the 2022 Ford Electric Truck with the option of Battery upgrades.

PRO, XLT, and Lariat models can tow a maximum of 7,700 lbs, while the Platinum model can tow a maximum of 8,400 lbs on Standard Range Battery. This Maximum Towing Capacity of 10,000 lbs can be achieved on an Extended Range Battery with Max Trailer Tow Package installed.

Your truck will require a specific hitch that is rated to tow this amount of weight. Never exceed the maximum towing capacity limit set by the manufacturer, no matter if you’ve got a hitch with a greater tow rating. This is not going to increase the towing capacity of the truck.

2022 Ford Lightning Towing Capacity by Battery

As mentioned above, the Ford Lightning has 2 battery options. These two options will result in different drive ranges, tow, and payload capacities.

Battery TypeDrive Range (Normal)Drive Range (Towing)HorsepowerTorque
Standard Range Battery
98-kWh
230 miles100 – 125 miles426 hp775 lb.-ft.
Extended Range Battery
131-kWh
300 miles150 -160 miles 563 hp775 lb.-ft.
2022 Ford Lightning Towing Capacity by Battery Option

2022 Ford Lightning Trailer Towing Chart

The towing capacity depends on several factors that should be noted before you calculate the towing capacity. Always see your dealer or Owner’s manual for accuracy in the towing capacity of your specific truck configurations.

Only Conventional Towing is available with the 2022 Ford Lightning. Additionally, 5th wheel or Gooseneck Towing is not recommended on this truck.

Conventional Trailer Towing Chart

Cab StyleDriveAxle RatioWBGCWR (lbs.)Max Tow CapacityWith
SuperCrew4×49.61145.4″11,700 lbs5,000 lbsStandard Range Battery
SuperCrew4×49.61145.4″14,400 lbs7,700 lbsStandard Range Battery – Trailer Tow Package (53D)
SuperCrew4×49.61145.4″15,000 lbs7,700 lbsExtended range battery
SuperCrew4×49.61145.4″15,900 lbs8,500 lbsPlatinum model – Extended range battery – Trailer Tow Package (53D)
SuperCrew4×49.61145.4″16,700 lbs9,600 lbsExtended range battery – Trailer Tow Package (53D) – 20″ All-Terrain tires
SuperCrew4×49.61145.4″17,300 lbs10,000 lbsExtended range battery – Trailer Tow Package (53D) – 18″ All-Terrain tires or 20″ All-Season tires
2022 Ford Lightning towing capacity Table for Conventional Trailer
2022 Ford Lighting Towing Capacity Chart
2022 Ford Lighting Towing Capacity Chart

As you can see there are different values for GCWR depending on the different truck configurations. There is only 1 Axle Ratio of value 9.61, a wheelbase of 145.4″, and a 4×4 drivetrain.

This is important to note that the tongue weight should not exceed 10% of the trailer’s weight. Therefore, while calculating the truck’s payload, the tongue should also be added as payload to the truck cargo and passenger weight.

More Useful Charts

How to Calculate 2022 Ford Lightning Towing Capacity

While measuring the towing capacity of your specific 2022 Ford Lightning truck configuration, you must calculate it considering GCWR, curb weight, passenger weight, cargo weight, and any truck body additions.

The simple formula for calculating the 2022 Ford Lightning towing capacity is GCWR – Curb Weight – Passengers Weight – Cargo Weight – Truck Body Additions ≥ Maximum Trailer Weight.

You can find GCWR and curb weight by VIN decoder. Simply enter the 17-digit VIN of your truck and press the decode button. You’ll find all the information needed to calculate the towing capacity.

Note down the ratings and use the following calculator to find the max towing capacity (the max trailer weight your truck can tow).

The tongue load is the downward force that the tongue of the trailer exerts on the rear step bumper or the hitch receiver. It’s usually 10 of the trailer’s weight.

  • For conventional trailer towing, the tongue load weight is calculated as 10% of the total loaded trailer weight.

Let’s take an example; if the max trailer weight (max towing capacity) is 10,000 lbs then the tongue weight must not exceed 1,000 lbs (or 10% of the total value).

Useful Resources

2022 Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide PDF

Conclusion

The 2022 Ford Lightning can tow a max of 10,000 lbs of trailer weight with proper configuration and trailer tow packages. You should always see your truck dealer for more information about the towing capacity of your chosen truck configuration.

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