Ford has just released their first shipments of the new F-150 Lightning, and along with them, a host of updated specs that these beauties are boasting. Not only are these babies arriving at their new homes with more towing capacity and raw horsepower than initially planned, but they also feature a trip-saving cloud service that can keep you updated with a second-by-second towing monitor that is fully cloud-based. Time to charge up and get rolling.
Lighting Has Never Made Waves Like This
Even if you aren’t a Ford fan, you’ve likely already heard of the F-150 Lightning. It’s the first purely electric truck in the Ford lineup and the first one from any manufacturer that has any sort of meaningful towing ability. Until these most recent numbers were published, the F-150 Lightning was reported to have 426 HP with 775 ft-lbs of torque and a payload cap of 2,000 lbs for the standard battery, and 563 HP on the extended battery, with identical torque and capacity.
While this is respectable for an all-electric truck, the numbers they’re posting pre-delivery are even better. The new numbers for the units being delivered currently show considerable increases in both the base HP and payload capacity. The standard range models will now have 452 HP, and a 2,235 lb payload limit, while the extended-range model matches the standard in payload and torque, it gets a monstrous 580 HP.
Why The Bump In Performance?
Anyone familiar with Ford can probably see where this is going. Ford is known for sticking with what works, while constantly and consistently striving to improve. The F-150 Lightning was created to break the mold entirely when it comes to performance, technology, and emission control.
Lead engineer Dapo Adewusi confirmed that Ford was “seriously focused on raising the bar on this truck, including after we revealed it” with the ongoing goal being to deliver more for their customers, and immediately driving feedback, suggestions, and ideas for innovation from their own customers upon delivery.
New Ford Cloud Tech Only Gets Better With Time
So we know it’s going to be powerful, that’s a given, but what about brains? Ford is known for putting some of the most cutting-edge technology in their vehicle platforms, of which the F-series is a flagship, and the F-150 Lightning does not disappoint.
The 2022 F-150 Lightning has integrated an incredible vehicle data system called Intelligent Range, which blends seamlessly with the FordPass Power My Trip feature. Intelligent Range constantly monitors your truck’s performance, both when towing and when unhitched, to give you real-time mileage estimates.
Not only does it take simple things like battery level and driving conditions into account, but it even factors in traffic patterns, climate control use, and driver-specific driving tactics. You can even create unique Trailer Profiles that can be loaded for towing various types of trailers and cargo. The Power My Trip keeps constant track of all compatible charging locations, so you never need to worry about finding some juice.
It’s Only Getting Better From Here
There is undoubtedly going to be a hiccup here and there, there always is when a model this groundbreaking comes out. However, even with the new data certainly being calculated in best-case scenarios, the 2022 F-150 Lightning looks like an amazing evolution of the F-series line of trucks, and we can’t wait to see where Ford takes it. Switch on, and let’s hit the road.
ADD Offroad will be developing front and rear bumpers for the Lightning, so stay tuned to see what we come up with!