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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pickups Amass At Dearborn Test Track

As supply chain constraints including the semiconductor chip shortage continue to plague automotive production, numerous Blue Oval vehicles have been spotted by Ford Authority spies sitting at various sites awaiting those precious parts. This includes the Ford Bronco, which has been kept en masse at a storage lot a few miles from the Michigan Assembly plant on multiple occasions, as well as the Ford F-150, which was temporarily kept in a large quantities at the Detroit Metro Airport and later, Ford’s Dearborn Development Center test track before they were shipped to dealers and customers. Now, the same fate has apparently befallen the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, as we can see in these new photos.

Production of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning just began at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center late last month, and Ford has built a few thousand of the EV pickups thus far, with 20 percent of that mix consisting of the fleet-oriented Pro trim. However, the automaker recently revealed that the F-150 and 2022 Ford Explorer are two vehicles currently awaiting chips, which means that the F-150 Lightning is also likely affected by that long-running shortage, too.

Ford has said that the main production constraints for the F-150 Lighting are currently related to chips needed for features such as the backup camera and windshield wipers – not connected vehicle services. Meanwhile, the automaker has been removing non-critical features from other models to speed up deliveries, including Max Recline Seats from the 2022 F-150 and second-row climate controls from the 2022 Explorer, with more deletions planned for the coming months.

Opinions remain mixed on when the chip shortage might improve, though most new car buyers and the U.S. Department of Commerce expect it to continue through 2022, while Ford CEO Jim Farley believes that it will endure into next year.

We’ll have more on the F-150 Lightning soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsF-150 Lightning news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Raymond Ramirez

    IBM and Intel (which once belonged to IBM in the 1980s) are the biggest semiconductor manufacturers in the U.S.. AMD and Motorola were big producers before but now dedicated to communications. So the Feds must support the two big producers and stop importing from foreign brands,

  2. Michael

    Keep waiting for that electric pickup truck, from any company. Hope you get it ( possibly decontented because of lack of parts, because they want to push them out to a lower expectation public ) before the recession comes, and they can rip you off.

  3. Allan

    These all appear to be Lightning versions. In my decades of working at a dealer, I think this is just the routine storage that Ford places significantly updated or new models into for about the first 30 days of production, as they review for production glitches. It’s much easier to make repairs or changes at the factory than chasing them all over the country. Once they receive what is called “okay to buy”, they are shipped to dealers.


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