Ford F-150 Lightning gets acceleration boost, can now reach 60mph in under 4 seconds [Update]

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Since Ford first announced the specs for the F-150 Lightning, the automaker has updated the horsepower and payload capacity figures for their first all-electric pickup truck, delivering more for both than originally advertised.

On Monday CEO Jim Farley revealed the acceleration for the F-150 Lightning has also changed for the better, but only for those trucks equipped with the Extended Range Battery option.

Farley announced the news on Twitter on Monday morning, saying those trucks can now reach 60mph in under 4.0 seconds, without providing an exact figure for how many milliseconds below 4.0 it can reach that speed.

Farley, nor Ford have said whether this update is only for newly built trucks, or whether existing owners will be able to receive this upgrade through an over-the-air (OTA) software update, either for free or for a cost.

UPDATE Oct 26 8:25am PT: In a statement to Drive Tesla, Ford confirmed this time applies to all F-150 Lightning trucks with the Extended Range battery.

Farley also didn’t reveal how they were able to pull out the extra power to reduce the acceleration of the 6,500lb truck by over half a second.

For comparison, Tesla’s Acceleration Boost upgrade for the Model Y costs $2,700 CAD ($2,000 USD) and lowers the 0-60mph time of the electric SUV by half a second.

Even with the boost however, it won’t be able to catch the Rivian R1T, which can reach 60mph in as little as 3.0 seconds depending on the configuration.

We have reached out to Ford for additional details on the revised acceleration figure, but have not received a response by the time of publication. We will update this article if and when we do.

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