Ford Electric Truck Completely Fails Towing Test, ‘Not Practical’

A man tried to use his brand new 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck to tow a 1930 Ford Model A truck, but the attempt ended in “a complete and total disaster.”

YouTuber Tyler “Hoovie” Hoover, who has 1.4 million followers, was frustrated after he realized that his electric truck “can’t do normal truck things” — realizing after testing the truck’s towing capabilities that it is “absolutely not practical.”

“If a truck towing 3,500 pounds can’t even go 100 miles — that is ridiculously stupid,” Hoover says in a video. “This truck can’t do normal truck things. You would be stopping every hour to recharge, which would take about 45 minutes a pop, and that is absolutely not practical.”

“This is my new 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck,” he noted during the video where he tests the vehicle’s towing capabilities, which ended in “a complete and total disaster.”

Hoover planned a simple test in which he drove the EV truck towing an empty trailer just 32 miles away, then loaded up a 1930 Ford Model A pickup truck that he had recently purchased and towed it back the same way he came.

“My plan was to make two trips up today,” Hoover said. “About 32 miles each way, so that’s about 64 times two: 128 miles round trip.”

“I had this thing charged to just over 200 miles when I started my day, so ample margin for error when it comes to range and towing and also considering the fact that the trailer was going up empty two times,” he added.

Hoover attached the empty aluminum trailer to his electric truck and pulled out of his neighborhood, which was a distance of approximately a quarter of a mile, the vehicle had already lost three miles of range. By the time the YouTuber had driven to the location 32 miles away, the electric truck had lost a shocking 68 miles of range.

After loading up the Model A truck onto the trailer and driving back to his neighborhood, Hoover said that he had gotten “the driving range low warning.” He then noticed that he only had 50 miles of range left, despite the fact that he had charged the electric vehicle for 200 miles at the start of his 128 mile trip.

“Are you kidding me? That’s almost 90 miles of range in 30 miles. Are you serious? That’s nuts. What a joke,” Hoover reacted.

“So, yeah, that was abysmally bad, and if the future is electric, there has to be some kind of solution for this,” he added. “I have no idea why EVs tow so bad. My guess would be it doesn’t have a normal transmission where there’s gears and a car’s in a lower rev range.”

“If a truck towing 3,500 pounds can’t even go 100 miles — that is ridiculously stupid,” Hoover continued. “This truck can’t do normal truck things. You would be stopping every hour to recharge, which would take about 45 minutes a pop, and that is absolutely not practical.”

The YouTuber concluded by stating that the electric truck was apparently just for getting “around A to B,” not actually for doing “truck things” — referring to actual labor that trucks are designed for, such as towing.

“The F-150 Lightning is more like a truck that most people use their trucks for, just to get around A to B, and not really using it to do truck things,” Hoover said.

“They just want something big and comfortable, and it does great at that, but as far as doing truck things, well so far just with towing, not good,” he added.