The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning officially launched on Tuesday, sparked by the news that Blue Oval’s new all-electric pickup truck has sold out in the near future. The event will be streamed live from Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 1:30 PM EDT, with the first production starting from the F-150 Lightnings line.
The official EPA range and skill numbers for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning were released in March. With a standard range battery, the Pro is rated at 230 miles, paired with the XLT and Lariat standard-range models for the lowest range in the lineup. The XLT and Lariat with extended-range batteries are good for 320 miles, while the heavy platinum was rated at only 300. The standard-range version produces 426 horsepower, while the extended-range model boasts 563 hp; Both have 775 pound-feet of torque. For the larger-battery version, Ford estimates 0-60 times in the mid-range of 4-seconds.
Prices for the Basic “Pro” model will start below $ 40,000 before applicable federal (7,500) and state (variable) EV credits. Hope you can find one here. More than a week ago, rumors began circulating that at least some trims of the new Lightning had already sold out (the least expensive, and thus the least profitable for Ford to build), and reports this week that Ford had removed the order were further exaggerated by the Lightning website. From the alternative, it probably indicates that it now has more orders in hand which it expects to be able to fulfill for the 2022 model year.
The 2023 order is expected to launch soon, but keep in mind that Ford Lightning’s original plan was to build 15,000 units in the first year, then 55,000 units for 2023 and 80,000 units in 2024. Even as of December 2021, Ford already had 200,000 reservations pending – 50,000 more than the resources allocated for construction. This means that its waiting list will be valid for three years unless Ford can screw up more production capacity together.