The Ford F-150 Lightning is sold out even before its launch

Ford will launch its F-150 Lightning electric pickup on April 26.

By : HT automatic office
23 April 2022, 12:35

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Ford has announced that the 2022 F-150 Lightning is completely sold out and is no longer taking orders for the current model of the electric pickup truck. Ford’s customer-facing website featured a statement that read “Due to high demand, the current model year is no longer available for retail order. Contact your dealer for more information. An earlier report said the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has received around 2,00,000 reservations.

Ford introduced the F-150 Lightning electric vehicle last year. Ford recently declared the electric pickup’s estimated EPA ranges. These figures relate to the standard range as well as the extended range. The automaker has shared F-150 Lightning XLT and Lariat versions with an extended range battery that can give the driver an estimated range of 514 km, while the F-150 Lightning Platinum will offer an estimated range of 482 km.

(Also read | Ford F-150 Lightning EV tows 4,535kg in sub-zero temperature)

Ford also worked with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to test the viability of the Ford F-150 Lightning in powering homes in California, where storms and wildfires often cause outages that last for days. In a recent report, Ford’s vice president of global electric vehicle programs, Darren Palmer, hinted that the electric pickup will come with games that can be played on the vehicle’s infotainment system.

Ford intends to take on popular electric vehicle maker Tesla and is therefore investing aggressively in its electrification goals. Ford aims to invest around $20 billion over the next few years. The investment also aims to redesign the automaker’s facilities around the world to make it ready to manufacture electric vehicles in the future. Apart from that, Ford will also spend $11 billion to build three electric vehicle battery facilities.

Date of first publication: April 23, 2022, 12:35 PM IST

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