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I’m coming off a coupe of 500mi trips in my new Platinum. (Loving it BTW). Range anxiety is real (for me). Since fast chargers aren’t available at every interstate off-ramp, having a plan for recharging is a must. I’m getting about 1.8mi/KWhr cruising at 75 with the AC blasting on the flat open road (the extra features add weight, and mileage seems to take hit at 75mph). One other observation, not all public chargers are the same, about 1/2 that I’ve stopped to use have had issues. (Eyeball the ratings and reviews my friends!). With all that said. I’m seriously on the hunt to charge when I’m down to 20%. Then I charge to 80% max. That gives me a real life “working range” of something like 60%, or about 150 miles between charges. All said, if you’re planning on using the truck for longer trips, I’d say get as much battery as you can!!!
 

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my order is up, im thinking long and hard what options/package to order. those that ordered their truck with a standa d range have your regretted your decision?
Some pain up front opting for the ER. But after that, I guarantee, for as long as you own the truck you will be glad you did. I have never encountered an EV driver that expressed regret having good range. 300 miles is game changing, I cannot imagine running with less... And I have the advantage of a Tesla charging network!
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I think Dmorrow said it best, you really need to evaluate how many long Road trips (fast charging multiple times in a day) you may take in the truck. 230 miles (or possibly even more) in the standard range is a lot but when you can only comfortably use 60-65% if that when out on the highway then you begin missing the bigger battery a lot I think. I think the smaller battery is like 98 kWh, and I would expect in the lighter SR truck you may see closer to 2.0 mi/kWh at 75 mph, that means about 120 miles between charges out on the interstates (98x2.0= 196*60% = 118 mile). That would only be a little over 1.5 hours between 40 minute charging sessions. I say no doubt the bigger battery is worth the extra cost for reducing range anxiety, extending usability of the truck and also for resale value later.
 

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I'm expecting my Lariat ER delivery in the next week or two. This weekend I did my first long road trip in our 2022 Chevy Bolt - yeah the one with the exploding batteries. We got one of the new Bolts just before they stopped production, and GM applied the software update to lock the battery SOC to 80% maximum. My trip was a total of 650 miles, and I had to fast charge 6 times over three days - at a max rate of 50Kwh (and a lot of tapering at 70% onwards). A 5-hour drive took 7.5 with charging.

So, yeah, I'm REALLY glad I went for the ER. I'm looking forward to doing the same trip in the Lightning with just 1 charging stop during the scheduled food break in each direction.
 

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It really depends on what best fits your needs. I work 5 miles away from my house. There’s a charger at work and at home. I live in the west coast, there’s no shortage of chargers here at most every 100mi. My other car is a model 3 LR. When I took all these things into consideration, saving 10k seemed like the best choice. In addition to that, I had a mid range Tesla that had effectively 230mi range. I knew how to manage that range already. If it’s your first EV, believe what people say about “range anxiety.” If you have the money, ER is “money well spent.” Hope that helps
 

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I feel the SR is more suited for someone that is just popping around town or a business. Spending that amount of money on a vehicle that you don't plan on road tripping...I want that extra range. If I just wanted it for commuting, yard work, hauling I'd just get the Maverick. The current pricing of 60k for an XLT SR just is a lot for just that. (I wouldn't get the pro because I don't like the seats). I surprised myself with a 2.7 mi/kWh drive for 50 minutes and with the ER that puts me well over 300 miles of range.

Just know what it is you want for the vehicle. I had my specific reasons and it had to meet all of them and that wasn't going to happen without it being ER.
 
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I'm expecting my Lariat ER delivery in the next week or two. This weekend I did my first long road trip in our 2022 Chevy Bolt - yeah the one with the exploding batteries. We got one of the new Bolts just before they stopped production, and GM applied the software update to lock the battery SOC to 80% maximum. My trip was a total of 650 miles, and I had to fast charge 6 times over three days - at a max rate of 50Kwh (and a lot of tapering at 70% onwards). A 5-hour drive took 7.5 with charging.

So, yeah, I'm REALLY glad I went for the ER. I'm looking forward to doing the same trip in the Lightning with just 1 charging stop during the scheduled food break in each direction.
So let me get this straight, your Bolt only can charge to 80% and it also Level 3 charges at most 50-55kW. The standard range lightning can charge to 100% and it DC Fast charges at >100kW. One is a city commuter car with known poor fast charging capability and the other is not. That’s not a fair comparison, try an Ioniq 5 that only has 256 miles range, and DC fast charges at speeds topping 230 kW. You will be arguably stopping 1x fewer in the ER Lightning (2-3 stops) vs I5 on your 650 mile trip, but your charging times will be double (40-60 mins a session vs 20-30 mins for I5). Range is important, but a great charging curve on Level 3 is what seasoned EV road trippers lust over. If someone with a SR lightning will ever post a EA DC fast charging session, we can see what the charging curve looks like.

Recent EA Level 3 charging on a 150kW charger. 2022 Ioniq 5 AWD
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I’m coming off a coupe of 500mi trips in my new Platinum. (Loving it BTW). Range anxiety is real (for me). Since fast chargers aren’t available at every interstate off-ramp, having a plan for recharging is a must. I’m getting about 1.8mi/KWhr cruising at 75 with the AC blasting on the flat open road (the extra features add weight, and mileage seems to take hit at 75mph). One other observation, not all public chargers are the same, about 1/2 that I’ve stopped to use have had issues. (Eyeball the ratings and reviews my friends!). With all that said. I’m seriously on the hunt to charge when I’m down to 20%. Then I charge to 80% max. That gives me a real life “working range” of something like 60%, or about 150 miles between charges. All said, if you’re planning on using the truck for longer trips, I’d say get as much battery as you can!!!
Well said. My daily commute is 150+ miles and the ER battery is a must. But even if I didn't commute, having a battery with the longest range, to me, only makes sense for those unexpected times where you need the extra range and not be so dependent on the not quite fine tuned charging stations out there.
 

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So let me get this straight, your Bolt only can charge to 80% and it also Level 3 charges at most 50-55kW. The standard range lightning can charge to 100% and it DC Fast charges at >100kW. One is a city commuter car with known poor fast charging capability and the other is not. That’s not a fair comparison, try an Ioniq 5 that only has 256 miles range, and DC fast charges at speeds topping 230 kW. You will be arguably stopping 1x fewer in the ER Lightning (2-3 stops) vs I5 on your 650 mile trip, but your charging times will be double (40-60 mins a session vs 20-30 mins for I5). Range is important, but a great charging curve on Level 3 is what seasoned EV road trippers lust over. If someone with a SR lightning will ever post a EA DC fast charging session, we can see what the charging curve looks like.

Recent EA Level 3 charging on a 150kW charger. 2022 Ioniq 5 AWD
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The $4 EA monthly plan would have paid for itself with just that charge. You would have saved $7.
 

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So let me get this straight, your Bolt only can charge to 80% and it also Level 3 charges at most 50-55kW. The standard range lightning can charge to 100% and it DC Fast charges at >100kW. One is a city commuter car with known poor fast charging capability and the other is not. That’s not a fair comparison, try an Ioniq 5 that only has 256 miles range, and DC fast charges at speeds topping 230 kW. You will be arguably stopping 1x fewer in the ER Lightning (2-3 stops) vs I5 on your 650 mile trip, but your charging times will be double (40-60 mins a session vs 20-30 mins for I5). Range is important, but a great charging curve on Level 3 is what seasoned EV road trippers lust over. If someone with a SR lightning will ever post a EA DC fast charging session, we can see what the charging curve looks like.

Recent EA Level 3 charging on a 150kW charger. 2022 Ioniq 5 AWD
I also have an Ioniq 5. Do you only charge at L3 DCFC on the Ioniq 5? I do not as I have heard that charging only DCFC is not good for the battery.
 

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I also have an Ioniq 5. Do you only charge at L3 DCFC on the Ioniq 5? I do not as I have heard that charging only DCFC is not good for the battery.
75% of my charging is EA and I don’t have any reservations doing it. 800V architecture and it is meant to DCFC. Battery is warranted for 10 years or 100k miles. 3 years (early deposit holder) EA 30 min charging, don’t let “they” scare you out of using it. Some precautionary steps I do take: not keeping battery over 90% or under 20% for any extended period of time. I level 2 charge set at minimum charging setting. I don’t level 3 with climate on. I mostly use 150kW EA chargers. I preheat battery in winter before using. 5th EV in 5 years, great car but unlikely it will last 2 years.
 
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