How many EV trucks will Ford build this year?
Within the first 12 hours following its reveal, 20,000 reservations came piling in for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. That was on May 20. By May 26, that figure reached 70,000. As far as we know, it's still climbing but Ford hasn't provided an updated count at this time. But this got us wondering: how many F-150s Lightnings will Ford build in its first model year? One analyst suggested the tally could reach as high as 80,000 units. We think it could go higher.
CarBuzz reached out to Ford's North American Product Communications Manager Mike Levine for an update on the matter and was told the automaker is still not "sharing F-150 Lightning production figures at this time."
But if an additional 50,000 reservations came in within just one week, then we wouldn't be surprised if it's now surpassed 80k two weeks after the debut. It would be reasonable to assume an additional 10,000+ reservations were sent in the past week alone. Something important to bear in mind is that not every reservation will convert to a sale. The $100 refundable deposit means customers can easily change their minds.
Ford probably takes that factor into account when determining the total production count. The last thing it wants to do is turn away buyers, but one thing is quite clear: the F-150 Lightning is proving to be more popular than the Mustang Mach-E.
Ford capped Mach-E first-year production to 50,000 examples and those deliveries are now underway. The F-150 Lightning is not only slightly cheaper thanks to the purpose-built Pro variant but the appeal of owning an EV truck is proving to be significant.
The F-150 Lightning is more than just an excellent daily driver but also a valuable work tool that can be utilized in endless ways. The regular F-150 has rightly earned that reputation but the fully electric powertrain increases versatility. It can do everything a combustion-engined truck can and then some. As Ford finalizes first model year F-150 Lightning details, it's evidently clear buyers are more than willing to accept it. Without question, Ford has scored a massive hit.