Ford F-150 Lightning vs Rivian R1T: Price, range, specifications compared

That Ford F-150 Lightning recently entered the ordering phase (see details here and the difference between two battery versions here), ahead of customer deliveries starting in the spring. This has led us to take a closer look at how it compares to Rivian R1T – the first all-electric pickup in production (in the start-up phase) and delivered to customers.

The Ford F-150 Lightning is a full-size mainstream pickup. It’s basically an electric version of the F-150, while the Rivian R1T is a smaller, narrower vehicle with a shorter barge intended for adventure, off-road driving, a little bit of performance, and it sits in the premium segment.

According to InsideEVsTom Moloughney, who carefully analyzed both vehicles, there is not really a direct trim level for the Ford F-150 Lightning that would be perfect for comparison with the R1T, but we could start with the Lariat trim, with an eye on Platinum (at least interior).

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning seen from the front

2022 Ford F-150 Lyn

2022 Rivian R1T

2022 Rivian R1T

For comparison, we chose the Lariat trim with the Extended Range Battery. We estimate that it may have around 145 kWh of battery capacity for an expected 300 miles (483 km) EPA range. Rivian says that the R1T has a battery of 135 kWh and that it already has an EPA range of 505 km.

In other words, the range must be comparable. It also seems reasonable that the larger Ford F-150 Lightning has a higher battery capacity (provided the numbers are correct).

Both cars are four-wheel drive. However, the Ford F-150 Lightning has two permanent magnet electric motors (one per axle), while the Rivian R1T has four asynchronous motors (one per wheel for full torque vectoring).

The power is significantly higher in the Rivian R1T, which should also accelerate faster (0-60 mph in 3 seconds), compared to the mid-4m target for the Ford F-150 Lightning.

In terms of charging, the Ford F-150 Lightning has a 19.2 kW built-in charger, while the Rivian R1T is 11.5 kW. This is a small advantage, but we guess that there may be some applications where it will be crucial to have 19.2 kW.

The DC fast charge is in both cases unknown territory. It is said that the Ford F-150 Lightning will reach as high as 150 kW while Rivian R1T needs up to 210 kW. Without a proper test and full charge curve, we can not really say which one will refill range faster in a typical 20-80% charge mode (SOC) window. The brief information from the manufacturers suggests that Rivian will be charged faster.

If we take a look at the weight of both pickups, the Ford F-150 Lightning IS proving to be a bit lighter, which is a surprise considering that it is expected to have a larger battery and is slightly larger. The use of aluminum probably helps a lot. Rivian also has four electric motors, which probably increases the weight compared to two.

Berry ratings appear to be similar, slightly higher for the Rivian R1T, but remember, towing can quite easily halve the range.

Interesting is the price comparison, as the Lariat ER starts at a noticeably higher point than the Rivian R1T.

EV Comparison Side-by-Side by InsideEVs
Model 2022 Ford F-150 Lyn
Lariat ER 20 “

[A]
Difference
[A] / [B]
2022 Rivian R1T
(Large package, 21 “)

[B]
Drive AWD AWD
Battery 145 kWh * 7.4% 135 kWh *
EPA range
Combined 300 mi *
(483 km)
-4.5% 314 km
(505 km)
Town 331.8 km
(534 km)
Motorway 292.9 km
(471 km)
Specifications
0-60 mph in the middle of 4 sec (goal) 3 sec
Top speed 125 mph
(201 km / h)
Top power 420 kW -25.3% 562 kW
EPA energy consumption (including charging loss)
Combined 70 MPGe: 481 Wh / mi (299 Wh / km)
Town 74 MPGe: 455 Wh / mi (283 Wh / km)
Motorway 66 MPGe: 511 Wh / mi (317 Wh / km)
Charging
AC Built-in charger: 19.2 kW
Info: 15-100% SOC in 8 hours;
1 hour to add 30 miles
Built-in charger: 11.5 kW
Info: Up to 25 miles range every hour
DC Maximum charging power: 150 kW
Info: 15-80% SOC in 41 min;
10 minutes to add 54 miles
Maximum charging power: 210 kW
Info: Up to 140 miles range in 20 minutes
Weight, payload and towing
Ready weight 6,750 lbs (3,062 kg) -2.9% 6,949 lbs (3152 kg)
Total weight (GVWR) 8,550 lbs (3,878 kg)
Payload 1,800 lbs (816 kg)
Towing 10,000 lbs (4,536 kg) -9.1% 11,000 lbs (4990 kg)
Prices
MSRP $ 77,474 14.8% $ 67,500
Dest. Charge + $ 1,695 + $ 1,075
Tax deduction $ 7,500 $ 7,500
Effective price $ 71,669 17.3% $ 61,075

Among things that are hard to measure, the Ford F-150 Lightning’s Mega Power Frunk not only looks bigger, but also has a wider aperture.

In return, the Rivian R1T has a unique gear tunnel.

Ford F-150 Lightning - Mega Power Frunk

Ford F-150 Lightning – Mega Power Frunk

2022 Rivian R1T frunk with hood on

2022 Rivian R1T frunk with hood on

Ford is equipping its vehicle with multiple sockets with a total power of up to 9.6 kW and also intends to sell a two-way charging station that can power the house.

Rivian also adds some cool features, such as a power outlet or an air compressor. Standard and optional equipment must be checked individually and were not part of this comparison.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

2022 Rivian R1T: Gear tunnel

2022 Rivian R1T: Gear tunnel

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The comparison of the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T is quite interesting, especially in terms of price, the R1T is simply very competitive (same base price as the Lariat SR with a lower range), despite being aimed at the premium segment.

We would not be surprised if Rivian raises the price in the future. Especially since Ford’s entitlement to the $ 7,500 federal tax deduction is coming to an end (the phasing out is expected to begin later this year).

Ford, of course, has a cheaper Extended Range Battery version in Pro-trim, but at least so far, it seems the company is discouraging the public from buying it (the offer is for fleet customers only).

At least it’s the year 2022 and we have the first opportunity ever to compare electric pickup trucks when they were finally introduced to the market.

Prices

Model Base price Dest. Charge Tax deduction Effective price
2022 Ford F-150 Pro SR 18 “ $ 39,974 + $ 1,695 $ 7,500 $ 34,169
2022 Ford F-150 Pro ER (rafts) 18 “ $ 49,974 + $ 1,695 $ 7,500 $ 44,169
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT SR 18 “ $ 52,974 + $ 1,695 $ 7,500 $ 47,169
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT ER 20 “ $ 72,474 + $ 1,695 $ 7,500 $ 66,669
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat SR 20 “ $ 67,474 + $ 1,695 $ 7,500 $ 61,669
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat ER 20 “ $ 77,474 + $ 1,695 $ 7,500 $ 71,669
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum ER 22 “ $ 90,874 + $ 1,695 $ 7,500 $ 85,069
2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup (Edition 1) 110,295 USD * REACH $ 110,295
2022 Rivian R1T (large package, 21 “) $ 67,500 + $ 1,075 $ 7,500 $ 61,075

Basic specifications

Model Drive Battery
(kWh)
EPA
Range
0-60
mph
(SEC.)
Top
Speed
2022 Ford F-150 Pro SR 18 “ AWD 110 * 230 miles *
(370 km)
2022 Ford F-150 Pro ER (rafts) 18 “ AWD 145 * 300 mi *
(483 km)
in the middle of 4 sec
(Goal)
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT SR 18 “ AWD 110 * 230 miles *
(370 km)
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT ER 20 “ AWD 145 * 300 mi *
(483 km)
in the middle of 4 sec
(Goal)
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat SR 20 “ AWD 110 * 230 miles *
(370 km)
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat ER 20 “ AWD 145 * 300 mi *
(483 km)
in the middle of 4 sec
(Goal)
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum ER 22 “ AWD 145 * 280 miles *
(451 km)
in the middle of 4 sec
(Goal)
2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup (Edition 1) AWD 200 * 329 mi *
(529 km)
3.0 *
2022 Rivian R1T (large package, 21 “) AWD 135 * 314 km
(505 km)
3.0 125 mph
(201 km / h)

* estimated / unofficial values

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