Ever since the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning was revealed in May of 2021, FoMoCo has maintained that the all-electric pickup would launch this spring, even when false rumors began circulating that the model had been delayed. Now, it seems that at least one Ford F-150 Lightning order holder – Sergio Rodriguez – has received a scheduled for production email that he posted via Twitter, which seems to further confirm that the EV pickup will in fact launch this spring, even if it is later in the season.
What a message to wake up to! My F-150 Lightning ⚡️ is scheduled for production! This is pretty exciting! I can’t wait! #Ford #LightningStrikes #Lightning #ElectricVehicles #sustainable #green pic.twitter.com/p6VtX6PBp3
— Sergio Rodriguez (@LyftGyft) February 24, 2022
Rodriguez’s F-150 Lightning Lariat is scheduled for production at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center the week of April 18th, 2022, which certainly puts it on track for a late spring launch. It’s unclear how many Lightning scheduled for production emails have gone out as part of the model’s first wave of order conversions, but this is certainly a good sign for those awaiting delivery of the first-ever all-electric Ford F-150.
Thus far, the F-150 Lightning has proven to be a hot commodity as demand has far exceeded Ford’s production capabilities, which will inevitably push some orders to the 2023 model year. Currently one of the top considered electrified vehicles on the market, Ford recently put commercial orders for both the Lightning and the E-Transit on hold amid high demand. In the meantime, Ford is working to double its production capacity for the pickup by mid-2023.
This sharp supply-demand curve has also led some dealers to surprise F-150 Lightning order holders with markups, though the automaker maintains that most are being sold at MSRP. Regardless, Ford did institute a one-year no-sale provision on the pickup to prevent flippers from trying to make a quick buck on the new model.