Ford stops accepting F-150 reservations to begin with orders
Ford is no longer accepting reservations for the all-electric F-150 Lightning and will instead convert existing reservations into firm orders from January 2022. Most recently, Ford CEO Jim Farley had mentioned that the number of pre-orders was approaching the 200,000 mark.
Ford’s reservations page literally says: As we prepare to make history together, we’ve closed reservations so we can start accepting orders.” It said this was in preparation for the opening of the Lightning order books in January 2022.
Ford already began pre-production of the F-150 Lightning in Dearborn in September. Due to the high demand, Ford has now confirmed that it will significantly increase production from 40,000 to 80,000 units of the F-150 Lightning per year. Against this background, the manufacturer is investing an additional 250 million US dollars and creating 450 more jobs.
According to a recent statement by Jim Farley, Ford now has close to 200,000 reservations for the all-electric version of the F-150 pickup truck, which was introduced in May. This is according to a report in Automotive News from mid-November.
The US carmaker is reportedly offering its electric hopeful in two variants: with a range of 230 miles (about 370 kilometres) and 318 kW of drive power, or with a range of 300 miles (about 480 kilometres) and 420 kW of power. It is still unknown how the pre-orders will be distributed among these variants and whether Ford will concentrate on one variant for the time being to ramp up production.