Ford Boosting F-150 Lightning Production Again

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Demand for the Ford F-150 Lightning continues to grow, leading the automaker to increase its production capacity for the electric truck. Last August, Ford announced that it was looking to produce more than 80,000 units of the F-150 Lightning in 2024. That figure was double what Ford originally targeted. Now, Ford stated that it plans to double production of the F-150 Lightning once again to 150,000 units per year by the middle of 2023.

The decision to double production, again, shows just how in-demand the F-150 Lightning is. It also shows how Ford underestimated how much demand it would receive for the electric pickup. Consumers are clearly looking for an affordable pickup truck with an electric powertrain, as options from Rivian and GMC aren’t exactly cheap. Ford may be increasing production of the F-150 Lightning for down the road, but the automaker hasn’t confirmed how many units it will be producing in the pickup truck’s first year of production.

“With nearly 200,000 reservations, our teams are working hard and creatively to break production constraints to get more F-150 Lightning trucks into the hands of our customers,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of The Americas & International Markets Group for Ford. “The reality is clear: People are ready for an all-electric F-150 and Ford is pulling out all the stops to scale our operations and increase production capacity.”

The latest production increase for the F-150 Lightning comes after Ford recently ended the truck’s reservation system after crossing the 200,000 mark for reservations. Moving forward, the first set of reservation holders will be able to select their F-150 Lightning trim and options as early as January 6th. Through a wave-by-wave process, Ford will be informing customers on when they’ll be able to configure their exact pickup.

Ford’s official configurator for the 2022 F-150 Lightning went live recently. The pickup starts at $41,669 (with destination) and goes up to $92,569. The F-150 Lightning has quite a few competitors to deal with, including the Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Tesla Cybertruck, though the majority of those options aren’t on sale yet.

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Pictured: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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