Demand for the electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has been so extreme that the automaker poured an extra $250 million into its factory to increase production. Any more than that, though, it seems Ford isn’t yet prepared for—otherwise, it might’ve kept reservations for the Lightning open, rather than close them like it did today.
“As we prepare to make history together, we’ve closed reservations so we can start accepting orders,” reads a passage on the Lightning’s Ford product page. An email from a Ford dealer to an F150Gen14 user reveals the Blue Oval was already planning to close its reservation book on this date, and that Ford will begin making headway on its order bank in January. Come spring 2022, the truck will finally enter production.
Ford apparently has more reservations than it has production capacity for the 2022 model year, as the dealer’s email states “not all reservation holders will receive an invitation to place an order for 22MY.” This becomes even more apparent when you consider Ford CEO Jim Farley told Automotive News that reservation totals were nearing 200,000.