What does this mean, specifically? Well, the F-150 Lightning, which only comes with dual electric motors (one at each axle) and one of two battery packs (a standard range and an extended range), originally was quoted as offering 426 hp with the standard-range pack and 563 with the juicier extended-range setup. Ford now says the standard-range model packs 452 hp, up 26 hp from Ford’s “targeted” number, and the extended-range version doles out a mighty 580 hp, up 17 hp from the expected figure. Both versions of the F-150 Lightning still produce 775 lb-ft of torque, per Ford. While no Lightning can touch, say, the 1,000-hp GMC Hummer EV pickup or even Rivian’s 835-hp electric R1T, the power upgrade is welcome nonetheless. And it makes the standard-range Lightning the most powerful F-150 pickup ever, edging the F-150 Raptor’s pony count by a pair.
The updated power figures follow earlier news that the Lightning delivered, in certain guises, better-than-expected driving range. To recap, those ranges, um, range from the standard-range model’s 230 miles to 320 miles for the extended-range models (except for the heavier Platinum trim level, which sees its extended-range battery deliver just 300 miles). Ford also confirmed the tantalizing news that the entry-level Lightning Pro model would be available with the extended-range battery—although (for now) that option is limited to fleet customers.
Ford also says the F-150 Lightning’s payload figures have been revised upward, though less impressively so than the horsepower numbers. Certain, unspecified versions of the Lightning can “now haul an extra 235 pounds,” per Ford, lifting the maximum one of the electric trucks can carry to 2,235 pounds.