Ford has just started delivery of its electric F-150 Lightning on April 26, but already has a surprise for future owners: All versions of the truck will have more horsepower than originally announced, and the standard range model will have an even higher payload, according to a company press release. While that’s good news for anyone who’s already pre-ordered, it could boost FOMO for those who don’t and can’t get one — Ford stopped taking pre-orders for the truck in December, and is now currently figuring out how to achieve his goal of producing 150,000 lightning bolts per year.
When Ford announced its electric pickup in May 2021, the company estimated that the standard battery pack version would deliver 426 horsepower, and the extended-range version would deliver 563 horsepower. produce 452 horsepower, and the extended one gets a whopping 580 horsepower. For context, the V8 turbo diesel engines that Ford puts in its Super Duty trucks (think F-250 to F-450) make about 475 horsepower — though those engines do make 1,050 pound-feet of torque, which is more than the 775 pound feet that Lightning can do.
The truck’s payload, or how much weight it can carry in the bed, cab, and frunk, has also taken a bump. Ford’s announcement says that “well-equipped F-150 Lightning pickups can now carry an additional 235 pounds for a total of 2,235 pounds of maximum available hauling capacity.” There’s a bit of mystery here, though — when Ford announced the Lightning, it said only the standard model could carry 2,000 pounds. The extended range’s extra batteries meant it was limited to a maximum of 1,800 pounds. Ford did not immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment on whether that model will also receive an increase in payload.
It’s also worth noting that these numbers are probably best-case numbers. Ford’s press release states that they were calculated based on the “peak performance of the electric motor(s) at peak battery power,” so your truck may be making less horsepower from 250 miles per trip than when fresh off the charger . Ford also says that “horsepower, torque, payload, towing and target EPA-estimated range are independent characteristics and may not be achieved at the same time,” which again makes sense — trucks just won’t be as fast if they have a 7,700-pound trailer ( the maximum for which the default range model is classified).
Despite those caveats, it’s still pretty neat that the F-150 Lightning is even more powerful than Ford originally predicted. That’s kind of been the story with this truck; in March, Ford announced that the extended-range Lightning could go about 30 miles further on a charge than predicted. While it may take a while before you can walk into a dealership and buy one (or pay a scalper for it), the F-150 Lightning remains a pretty interesting EV.