2022 Ford F-150 Lighting production officially began at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center last week, marking the dawn of a new electrified era for the legacy automaker. Tremendously popular since the day it was revealed, the all-electric pickup quickly racked up 200,000 reservations and exceeded both Ford’s expectations and production capacity, prompting it to ramp up the latter to 150,000 units annually by mid-2023. In the meantime, those lucky enough to get their hands on the sold-out 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will be receiving a vehicle that’s more capable than originally expected, it seems.
|Standard-Range Battery (targeted)||Standard-Range Battery (finalized)||Extended-Range Battery (targeted)||Extended-Range Battery (finalized)|
|Peak Power (horsepower)||426||452||563||580|
|Peak Torque (pound-feet)||775||775||775||775|
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning models equipped with the standard range battery pack were originally targeted to produce 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, while pickups equipped with the extended range battery pack featured a higher horsepower rating of 563 horsepower and the same torque figure. However, the final ratings came in a bit higher at 452 horsepower for standard range battery-equipped F-150 Lightning pickups and 580 horsepower for those with the extended range battery, while torque remains unchanged across the board.
Interestingly, this means that even the base F-150 Lightning and Lightning Pro models offer more horsepower than the F-150 Raptor, which is rated to produce 450 ponies from Ford’s high-output twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 EcoBoost. Meanwhile, the Lighting’s max payload rating also increases from 2,000 to 2,235 pounds, though the automaker hasn’t yet specified which models that figure applies to.
Back in March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final range figures for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, which came in at 230 miles of range for standard range battery-equipped pickups and 320 miles for extended range battery models (300 miles for the Platinum), the latter of which is 20 miles higher than previously expected. Both batteries utilize brand new lightweight aluminum battery enclosures produced by Magna and an innovative crossmember designed by BASF and L&L Products.