Ford F-150 Lightning | Revised performance and carrying capacity up at release

The Ford F-150 Lightning is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated vehicles of the year. This electrified version of a hugely popular pickup truck is shifting an entire segment to electric. To mark the start of production of the first examples, which were handed over on April 26, Ford announced an improvement in the performance of the paint schemes offered.

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Karl Rene

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Thus, the standard autonomy version will have a power of 452 hp, an increase of 26 hp compared to the figures presented last year. For the extended range livery, the Cavalry ranges from 563 hp to 580 hp. This available power is generated by two motors, one positioned on each axis.

The range still varies between 370 and 515 km, depending on the options chosen and the size of the battery. Ford is curiously short on size, but American magazines have learned that they have a standard capacity of 98 kWh and an optional 131 kWh. This reflects the inevitable: it takes a lot of energy to move a vehicle of this size, which will increase in weight precisely because of the batteries. It will also be interesting to see how towing affects these numbers.

At the same time, the resilience increases. It stands at 1013 kg, a gain of 107 kg compared to estimates. For comparison, this puts the Lightning in the middle of the F-150 range based on wheelbase length, engine and cab type chosen. The maximum towing capacity of the electric transporter is 4536 kg.

The rivals prepare the answer

Granted, Ford won’t be alone in the new full-size electric pickup segment for long. Chevrolet presented its answer earlier this year with an all-electric Silverado, the introductory version of which will have 660 hp and an estimated range of 400 miles. The market launch is planned for spring 2023 if the supply chain crisis does not disrupt it.


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The market launch of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV is planned for spring 2023.

At Ram, the portrait of the next electric 1500 is much less clear. Little revealing images have been released and Stellantis, the division’s parent company, is not targeting a launch until 2024. The first public release is planned for next fall.

Despite its somewhat bumpy start to production, Rivian cannot be ruled out as a potential rival. The R1T was also officially the first electric van to go into production last September. However, the barrier to entry remains higher at $86,250 compared to Ford’s $68,000 for the entry-level F-150 Lightning.

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