We are excited to tell you that Ford's first all-electric pickup truck's release date is out. We are talking about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, which according to a number of sources is expected to open up its order bank from October 26th.
The Ford F-150 Lightning may have a number of tough rivals in form of the Tesla Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T. However, Ford certainly has a winning formula at its hand with the pedigree of the F-150, which has also been the country’s top-selling truck for almost 5 decades now. While the official reveal of the F-150 Lightning took place in May 2021, a number of speculations have now emerged which claim that the F-150 Lightning’s order banks will open up from October 26th.
These speculations emerge from a pretty concrete base, as users on the online forum “f150gen14.com” have come ahead and revealed that they were contacted by the dealerships with the delivery date, and another user, who claims to be a Ford employee confirming it. However, what adds the most weight to this report is a screenshot of a document from a Ford dealer, which states 10/26/21 as the “22MY Order Bank Open Date” for the F-150 Lightning.
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Though still speculation, we can witness Ford’s online configurator for the F-150 Lightning soon come to life and offer the potential buyers all the build options and prices to explore. However, no official confirmation has yet been received by the company’s board of management.
While the Ford F-150 Lightning’s reservations have been open for quite some time now, 26th October can very well be the date when dealerships start translating these reservations into orders. The target audience for the F-150 Lightning has welcomed this revolution with open arms as the truck has already received 150,000 reservations, with 120,000 $100 pre-orders.
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While the company certainly would have rejoiced at the sight of its innovation earning such accolades, it has also been compelled to invest in doubling up its production capacity. The Ford F-150 Lightning is currently in its pre-production phase and the production line at Dearborn, Michigan is expected to roll out 80,000 units each year, as compared to the previously claimed 40,000 units.
The Ford F-150 Lightning’s specs surely give it a clear shot at revolutionizing the pickup truck scenario. While the battery configurations have not been made publicly available yet, we do know that the truck will offer 230 miles of range with the Standard-Range battery pack and 300 miles of range with the Extended-Range battery pack.
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The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will make 463 hp (Standard-Range) and 563 hp (Extended-Range), while the available torque remains the same at 775 lb-ft. Speaking of capabilities, the F-150 Lightning is rated to tow up to 10,000 lbs and has a payload capacity of 2000 lbs. Though it’s not all work and no fun with this zero-emission truck, as it can also send jitters down your spine with a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds.
The F-150 Lightning will be available in 4 trims - XL, XLT, Lariat, and Premium. To lure the fleet-buyers, there will also be a Pro model that will come with some software enhancements. The prices for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will start at $39,974 (commercial oriented), XLT trim will start at an MSRP of $52,974 and will rise up to $90,474, before any incentives and federal tax credits.