Based on how Ford prices their options, I would guess that the battery pack upgrade is priced very competitively and almost a no-brainer to get the better battery, it's likely that the cell count is similar between the two but that the extended range is using better quality individual lithium ion cells which can store more energy and discharge more energy quicker without damage. That's probably why the standard range truck has lower HP but identical torque as the extended range truck.Any idea what the upgraded battery back is going to cost? $10K maybe.
$70K OTD for the extended range Lariat seems pretty freaking good to me this is probably what I'll get.
I bet that they are only offering the more inexpensive option to meet their MSRP goals. However, with incentives, they might be making less money on the extended range battery pack. Kind of like how you should never order the chicken at a fancy steak restaurant!