Cheapest 2024 Ford Lightning Can't Be Ordered

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - April 18, 2024
Ford F-150 Lightning Pro EV work truck silver color towing a bulldozer

Ford is no longer allowing consumers to order the cheapest F-150 Lightning EV. While the 2024 Ford Lightning Pro offers a roughly $8,000 advantage in price, a spokesperson confirmed that orders will be limited to commercial and government customers only. However, there's a slim chance you may still be able to buy one.

The 2024 Ford Lightning Pro has an MSRP of $54,995 excluding destination, a $5,000 price increase over the previous year. But as CarsDirect reported last week, other versions will see up to a $5,500 price cut. Unfortunately, what we didn't know at the time was that the Lightning Pro could no longer be ordered by consumers.

We suspected a change when we noticed Ford's online configurator for the 2024 Lightning didn't list the entry-level Pro trim. Late yesterday, Ford spokesperson Marty Günsberg confirmed for us that the fleet-oriented EV will primarily be available through its Ford Pro division for both commercial and government customers.

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Günsberg added, "A limited number of Lightning Pros are available as dealer stock units to retail customers." In other words, unlike the 2023 Ford Lightning Pro, the average consumer can no longer customize their truck and will have to count on whatever their local dealer has already ordered for their Ford Lightning stock.

Odds are that this won't be a big deal for most Lightning buyers. However, it could change how Ford advertises Lightning prices. At $54,995, the 2024 Ford Lightning Pro is $8,000 cheaper than the XLT trim's MSRP of $62,995. With a $7,500 federal tax credit, the Pro could theoretically cost as little as $47,495.

Having said that, the cheapest Ford Lightning was never really easy to find. When it was first introduced, the 2022 Ford Lightning started at just $39,974. At the time, we noted that sales of the Pro were expected to make up a fraction of sales. Even then, the Extended Range version was limited to commercial buyers.

Looking to buy a Lightning Pro? You may need to see what your neighborhood Ford dealer expects to get in stock. Still, shoppers should be aware that both Pro and XLT versions are only available in Standard Range for 2024, requiring Extended Range buyers to shell out nearly $68,000 for the new Lightning Flash.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing expert, Alex offers must-know analyses of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine, and more.

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