An unofficial dealer report reveals details.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is already a big deal for the Blue Oval. Demand has been soaring since the all-electric truck was revealed last May with the first model year production set to be doubled. Last month, Ford announced an additional $250 million investment and 450 more jobs at the Michigan factory to help support increased output. This combined effort will enable production capacity to reach 80,000 units annually in 2024.
Since last spring's reveal, customers have only been able to place reservations, not actual orders. This could soon change, according to an unconfirmed report coming from the Lightning Owners forum. A member posted a Ford dealership report claiming the F-150 Lightning ordering bank will open on October 26.
This will should allow customers to convert reservations to orders. Assuming this is accurate, we expect that an online configurator will launch at around the same time. To date, there are 150,000 reservations and it will be interesting to find out how many of those actually become real orders.
Chances are, the final tally will be quite high. Pricing for the 2022 model will kick off at $39,974 for the entry-level version. A fully-loaded Platinum trim will set you back at least $90,474. These figures are prior to any tax incentives, specifically the $7,500 from the federal government. Various states also offer attractive credits that could increase the total amount to $10,000.
Buyers who opt for the standard-range version will get a truck with an EPA-certified range of up to 230 miles. If you're willing to spend more for the extended range, this increases to 300 miles. Buyers, however, will have to remain patient as the first production examples aren't set to arrive until next spring. Pre-production models will soon enter grueling real-world testing to ensure there are no serious issues and, of course, to check durability.
The best-selling F-Series nameplate is one of the most recognizable and respected so it's critical for Ford to get everything right the first time. Buyers will accept nothing less.