The automaker is no longer taking orders from retail customers for the cheapest 2022 F-150 Lightning trim levels.
Even though the electric truck has yet to arrive in US dealerships, the work-oriented Pro and mainstream XLT trim levels of the Ford F-150 Lightning have reportedly sold out for the 2022 model year.
According to CarsDirect, a Ford notice sent to dealers on April 12 advised them that the two trim levels for the 2022 model year are sold out. The 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro Standard-Range Battery and all XLT versions, according to the letter, “are currently sold out for retail consumers.”
The cheapest F-150 Lightning grades are the Pro and XLT, which start at $39,974 and $52,974, respectively (before destination charges and incentives).
Customers who want a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning must go for the Lariat, which starts at $67,474. That means spending at least $14,500 more than an XLT with the normal range battery and $27,500 more than a Pro with the standard range battery, which was only offered to retail consumers.
If money isn’t an issue, purchasers can choose for the Platinum trim, which starts at $90,874, unless they’re prepared to wait for 2023 F-150 Lightning orders to open.
Ford did, however, say that “when commodities become available, future invitations for presently sold-out models” will include reservation holders who choose the “Extend My Reservation” option. The option, as the name implies, extends their reservation to future model years.
However, Ford CEO Jim Farley predicts that 80% of customers who have reserved an F-150 Lightning would purchase it, implying that orders are already being pushed back until 2023. Ford has a stunning 200,000 reservations for the F-150 Lighting, and would have had a lot more if pre-orders hadn’t been banned in December 2021.
On April 26, when a premiere event for the electric pickup is set, Ford is slated to begin customer deliveries of the 2022 F-150 Lightning. It will take place in Dearborn, Michigan, near Detroit, at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.