Ford Lightning XLT Production Ramped Up

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2023 Ford F-150 Lightning

Demand for the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck continues to far outweigh production. Ford is looking to change that by increasing production of its highly popular all-electric pickup truck. In a press release, Ford announced that it is now aiming to manufacture 150,000 F-150 Lightning trucks instead of 130,000 trucks by the end of 2023.

Ford claims that the production boost is being done to reduce customer wait times for the all-electric F-150 Lightning. The automaker states that its 150,000 figure puts it on track to triple production of the F-150 Lightning truck. Unfortunately, while most shoppers would be hoping to see the entry-level Pro trim become available again with the boost in production, that won’t be the case. According to Ford’s website, the Pro remains sold out for the 2023 model year.

The increase in F-150 Lightning production at Ford’s Rogue Electric Vehicle Center is aimed directly at boosting the number of XLT trims that are available. The XLT trim is the second one in the F-150 Lightning lineup. Ford claims that interest in the XLT has remained high since the launch of the electric pickup truck, which is why its production increase is targeting that trim.

“Customer interest for XLT has considerably outstripped supply since the F-150 Lightning launch and we’ve worked with our suppliers to help address that,” said Marin Gjaja, chief customer officer, Ford Model e. “We heard loud and clear from our customers that they want their truck deliveries as close as possible to their orders. As we scale production, we are making this possible.”

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning

Hearing that Ford is boosting production of the F-150 Lightning is a good thing, but we’re sure some shoppers will be upset to hear that it’s for the XLT and not for the base Pro. After Ford’s most recent price increases, the F-150 Lightning Pro starts at $61,869, while the XLT costs $69,369. For shoppers, the boost in production should mean that the XLT will be more readily available than it has been and should have shorter wait times.

Ford currently estimates that new F-150 Lightning orders for the XLT have an estimated delivery date between October and November 2023. These delivery times are the same for the range-topping Platinum trim that costs $99,969. The Lariat, which is priced at $78,869, is expected to be delivered starting December 2023.

While the XLT trim is $4,500 more than the Pro trim, there is some good news for shoppers. In most available configurations, the XLT with either the standard range or extended range battery pack is eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. Assuming that you’re eligible for the full amount, that makes the XLT trim $3,000 more affordable than the Pro. With the 2023 F-150 Lightning Pro being sold out for the rest of 2023, the XLT trim signifies shoppers’ best opportunity to get into Ford’s electric pickup truck.

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, 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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