Ford just announced that the specifications for the specified power and payload for the Lightning pickup were wrong. Thankfully, the fault is in a positive light where the horsepower specs and the ever-released payload figures for the F-150 Lightning are actually higher than expected.
To be specific, the F-150 Lightning, which is equipped with a dual electric motor engine and has one of two battery packs consisting of 426 horsepower with the standard battery pack and 563t horsepower for the long range battery pack.
Ford now says the standard range package now packs 452 horsepower, up 26 points from before, and the extended range package version delivers 580 horsepower, up 17 horsepower from the expected figure. Both versions of the F-150 Lightning still produce 775 pounds/foot of torque in each car.
While none of the Ford F-150 Lightning trucks can hit the 1,000-horsepower mark like the GMC Hummer electric car or even the 835 horsepower electric Rivian R1T, news of the power upgrade is still good news. In fact, the news has made the Lightning with the standard range package the most powerful F-150 pickup ever, beating the number of horsepower the F-150 Raptor has.
The updated power figures of course affect the mileage of the F-150 Lightning which is also increased than expected. Mileage for the standard range model is around 230 miles, while 320 miles is the distance for the extended range model (except for the Platinum trim level which is heavier, so the extended range package only produces 300 miles). Ford also confirmed that the entry-level Lightning for Pro model will be available with an extended range battery, although (for now) those options are limited.
Ford also says the payload figures on the F-150 Lightning have been revised for better performance figures, though the increase isn’t as impressive as the change in horsepower figures. According to Ford, the undetermined version of the Lightning can now carry an additional 235 pounds, giving the pickup a maximum lift of 2,235 pounds.