So far, Ford’s slogan for the F-150 Lightning seems to be “underpromise, overdeliver.” The first is the automaker’s range estimates for standard and extended-range batteries, which are miles away from the official ratings awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, less than a week after the company kicked off its big show for Lightning production, Ford has discovered more fairy dust to sprinkle on the Lightning, which will be available to owners this year. First, the output of both powertrains is climbing. The standard 98 kWh battery is rated from 426 hp to 452 hp. The larger 131 kWh battery is rated from 563 hp to 580 hp. Both hold steady at 775 pound-feet of torque.

Ford did say that the upgraded figures are the peak of the motor, delivered at peak battery power. For anyone keeping an eye on the automaker’s pickup sibling rivalry, the standard-range battery outpaced the F-150 Raptor in output, winning by a score of 452 to 450. Before the Raptor R, electric was king in Dearborn.

The increased output has turned into increased payload ratings, but only in certain configurations that Ford didn’t detail. For a payload of 2,235 pounds, specific Lightnings will be able to haul “an additional 235 pounds” instead of the maximum payload of 2,000 pounds.

It’s too late for anyone to get their hands on the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, with production runs sold out for every trim. We expect more goodies for the 2023 model year, said the truck’s vehicle engineering manager: “We are seriously focused on raising the bar on this truck, including after we show it, so we can offer our customers more.. ….continuous improvement will get a big boost when we start getting feedback and ideas from customers as they receive the lightning bolt.” The opportunity to take part in action for the 2023 model year should come in a few months.

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