Among the most considered electrified vehicles on the market, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning exceeded FoMoCo’s expectations by a long shot, prompting the automaker to stop taking fleet orders back in January as it will likely push many retail orders into future model years. The all-electric F-150 is already participating in a pilot program on some Sonoma Country, California farms, while legendary Hollywood movie director Francis Ford Coppola is also considering adding one to his winery fleet. Now, Sunbelt Rentals has announced that it is jumping on the Ford F-150 Lightning bandwagon as well after ordering 700 of the new EV pickups.
“The demand in the market already exceeds supply for the next few years for these electric vehicles, so we are incredibly excited to be receiving the first shipment of these groundbreaking trucks this summer,” said Eric Jahnsen, director of transportation management at Sunbelt Rentals. “This initiative aligns with the commitment we make to our customers and team members through The Power of Sunbelt – prioritizing continuous innovation among the key values of doing business.”
The equipment rental company is expanding its all-electric fleet as it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent by 2030. In addition to its F-150 Lightning order, Sunbelt announced that it will also purchase and install Level 2 wall-mount chargers at employees’ homes for added convenience.
“This investment highlights our strong commitment to reduce our GHG emissions through the adoption of new on-road fleet technology,” said Al Halvorsen, vice president of ESG at Sunbelt Rentals. “Starting the conversion of our truck fleet to electric alternatives, like the Ford Lightning, is critical to our ability to reach our ambitious GHG reduction goals and still continue to serve our customers with availability, reliability and ease.”
The very first F-150 Lightning scheduled for production emails went out to customers back in February, while deliveries are set to begin on April 26th, when the automaker will host a livestream to celebrate the occasion. Meanwhile, Ford plans to nearly double its F-150 Lightning production by mid-2023 to meet higher-than-expected demand for the EV pickup.