It’s been roughly a year and a half since the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning was unveiled, and by now, we know pretty much everything there is to know about the EV pickup. That includes the good and the bad, with the latter consisting mostly of the truck’s appetite for energy when towing heavier loads, though those that don’t do those sorts of things will find that it’s otherwise a pretty nice and highly capable vehicle. It’s also quick, as most are well aware, but for whatever reason, Ford never released any official 0-60 times for it – until now.
CEO Jim Farley did just that recently by tweeting that the Ford F-150 Lightning – when equipped with the extended range battery – will rocket from 0-60 in less than four seconds. This is far quicker than the automaker’s initial estimates of the “mid four-second range,” but also not a major surprise. After all, independent testers have typically had no trouble getting the truck down in the low and even 4.0-second flat range.
In all fairness, the extended range battery-equipped F-150 Lighting was originally targeted to produce 563 horsepower and wound up exceeding expectations with 580 instead, while torque remained the same at 775 pound-feet. Perhaps that extra juice made a difference, or maybe some other tweaks resulted in better 0-60 times than previously expected. More realistically, Ford just went conservative with those initial times, as is usually the case with automakers.
In any event, the standard range battery Ford F-150 Lightning models don’t give up much in terms of acceleration to the more powerful extended range, either. According to Ford Authority, the “lesser” variants are still officially rated to do 0-60 in just 4.1 seconds, which isn’t much slower. While both battery packs offer up the same 775 pound-feet of torque, the standard range generates “just” 452 horsepower, making this feat all the more impressive.
Ultimately, this is good news for consumers, who have discovered that EVs are mighty fun to drive and in many cases, capable of out-accelerating just about anything else on the road. A sub 4.0-second 0-60 time is downright blazing for a full-size pickup, and is there anything better than leaving some sports car staring at the tailgate of your truck?