Ford’s newest model, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, is so popular that reservations are closed. With all the demand surrounding the American automaker’s latest EV, it’s struggled to keep up with production. Until its $11.4 billion electric vehicle factories are ready, that will continue. However, the increased production wasn’t enough because Ford recently stopped production. It will no longer take reservations on 2022 models for now.
Why did 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning reservations close?
Ford is set to begin production on their hyped-up new electric pickup truck during Spring 2022. Unfortunately, the automaker already reached capacity on trucks it can produce vs. reservations taken. Ford claims it already planned to close reservations on this date, and nothing new triggered the response. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning’s product page displays the following message: “As we prepare to make history together, we’ve closed reservations so we can start accepting orders.”
Ford dealers sent out an email stating that not all reservation holders would receive an invitation to place an order for the 2022 model year. That comes after CEO Jim Farley shared with Automotive News that the electric pickup truck was approaching 200,000 total preorders. What happens to those reservation holders who don’t get their 2022 model?
Some Ford F-150 Lightning reservation holders won’t get a 2022 model year
If you’re one of the 200,000 people waiting on their new Ford electric pickup truck, you might have to keep waiting. Like with the Ford Maverick Hybrid, some people’s reservations will need to carry over to 2023. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning production doesn’t begin until Spring 2022. If customers have to wait until the 2023 model year to get a Ford Lightning, it could be another calendar year of waiting.
Ford can produce roughly 80,000 trucks per year. Despite being behind on reservations, it will still be ahead of the game. If other automakers, like Rivian and GMC, receive this many preorders on their electric pickup trucks, they will be even further behind. The chances of that happening are slim, considering their price points.
Why did 200,000 people reserve a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning?
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is popular for a reason. It’s an all-electric pickup truck with shocking capability and unique features. Firstly, it can turn into a generator that can power a house for a few days in an emergency. It comes with a colossal frunk (front trunk), giving it more cargo space than any standard pickup. Additionally, the best-selling vehicle in America electrified can go from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. All of that is combined with the same capability you’d expect from a Ford truck, making the F-150 Lightning hard to resist. It can tow up to 10,000 pounds or carry 2,000 pounds in the bed when properly equipped. Reviewers like CarBuzz boasted about its driving performance, stating, “we were also impressed with how it handles trails with the mix of ample power, low center of gravity, and independent suspension soaking up the bumps.”
Ford isn’t taking reservations for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning anymore. Some people who already hold reservations might not even get the model year they’ve signed up for. Instead, they’ll be waiting a minimum of nine months to a year before 2023 model years begin production. By that time, Ford may open reservations again, but who knows?