Ford F-150 Lightning Gets Increased Horsepower, Payload Capacity Ahead of First Deliveries

Ford began production of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks last week, and as the automaker prepares to deliver them, starting with the Pro model, it has apparently increased the truck’s available horsepower rating.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Standard- and Extended-range battery packs will include more horsepower than the automaker originally targeted, according to a press release from the company on Monday.

F-150 Lightning vehicle engineering manager Dapo Adewusi emphasized that the company’s “drive for continuous improvement” would only continue upon the electric pickup’s first deliveries.

In a press release, Adewusi said, “We were seriously focused on raising the bar on this truck, including after we revealed it, so we can deliver more for our customers.” Adewusi continued, “And our drive for continuous improvement will get a big boost when we start getting feedback and ideas from customers when they receive their Lightnings.”

The Ford F-150 Lightning extended range features 580 horsepower, marking an increase of about 17 horsepower from the automaker’s original estimates.

For the electric pickup’s standard-range variant, Ford says it can deliver up to 452 horsepower, about 26 horsepower more than the original rating.

At the beginning of the year, Ford doubled its F-150 Lightning production targets for a second time to an annual production capacity of 150,000 units.