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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Trucks Fill Up Michigan Parking Lot

The very first 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning units began shipping out to customers early last month, just a few weeks after production started at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. A few weeks later, the first 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning had officially been delivered to a customer in Michigan, fittingly enough. However, nearly one month after spotting numerous F-150 Lightning pickups at Ford’s Dearborn Development Center test track, Ford Authority spies have now come across another group of the critically-acclaimed EV pickups being stashed in a Michigan-area parking lot.

Sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that it’s unclear if these 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pickups are customer models, test fleets, or something else entirely. Additionally, some of the units have their frunks open, as we can see in the photos, which is undoubtedly strange.

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. However, as Ford Authority reported last week, the EV pickup also recently added a Multicontour seat removal option, which only affects Platinum-trimmed F-150 Lightning pickups that come with that particular feature as standard equipment.

As Ford Authority reported last month, the Ford F-150 is among the main Blue Oval models awaiting semiconductor chips, and that particular pickup has also seen a number of features removed in recent months in an effort to circumvent those shortages. That includes Max Recline Seats, which were recently dropped from the 2022 F-150 lineup, as well as one package and both navigation options – the Ford Co-Pilot Assist 2.0 package (option code 43B), plus Connected Navigation and Connected Built-In Navigation.

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 continuous 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. Bob

    Where for are thou chips? Slow boat from China….Chips ahoy!
    1976 F100 360 CID…NO chips needed! Fires up every time. Over 46 yrs & counting.
    Once the gas price stabilizes & the EV’s get rolling…watch your electric power rate INCREASE!

    1. Steve Ketterer

      Unfortunately, world communists want to outlaw your ’76 truck. We need to stand our ground.

      1. Everyday Patriot

        Sounds like you know everything!
        It’s good to have you here!

    2. Kenny D

      DANG BOB……. I couldn’t have said it Better!!!! I only WISH I would have Kept my Old Pick Up’s at this Point. 2 of em, A 1949 Chev, and a 1951 5 Window Chev. Again NO CHIPS NEEDED!!! Chevy 6 Banger got 16 MPG all Day Long ( On REG FUEL ) that was at that time .65 CENTS PER GALLON!!!! THANK’S SLEEPY JOE!!! Common MAN….

    3. BrierBear

      Don’t worry Ford… There are plenty of folks willing to buy an ICE F150 without all the electronic gizmos for about $15K… and get back to building America!

      1. P.R.Ford

        I’m thinking you couldn’t be more wrong.

    4. P.R.Ford

      What happens when your F100 gives up the ghost? Everything dies eventually.

  2. The Gentle Grizzly

    Frunk is a portmanteau word of “front trunk”.

    How about the Queen’s English. Is the portmanteau word for front boot a Froot? If it has tie-down points, are those Froot-Loops?

    1. Dee Hart


  3. Lori O\'Neil

    These photos are old. Not saying that the trucks aren’t still parked there. But there are no leaves on the trees, and it’s June!

    1. P.R.Ford

      They can’t be too old. The production line didn’t open until April 26th. You can see buds on most of the trees, which often occurs in mid-April in that part of the country.

  4. Mrx19

    Screw the entire industry. With options being deleted, soon your new vehicle will offer the same technical content as a 1970 Pinto. Keep you existing vehicle, unless you are desperate, until this ridiculous buying environment ends.

    1. P.R.Ford

      Fortunately for you, nobody is twisting your arm to buy a new vehicle. Stop whining.

  5. Kenny D

    Well here’s Another nice MESS you have Gotten us into Ollie. Common Man, wake up and Smell the Roses JOEY!!! Whomever Owns these “ELECTRIC TRUCKS” who’s BATTERIES are SLOWLY Loosing there CHARGE whilst Sitting in Some Silly Parking Lot Autta Be NOTHING BUT PISSED OFF At F O R D, Like the rest of us that are Waiting for What we Ordered MONTH’S ago to Show up with “How Many” Options (DELETED BY FORD) to bring these Trucks to a Level of Build that makes us wonder if we Shudda Just Ordered a “FARM TRUCK” and said the Hell with it????? 🤷‍♂️🇺🇸🇺🇸…….

    1. Everyday Patriot

      Do you realize the photo is old?
      Look at the trees. Where are the leaves?
      This is 30% of the way into June already.
      Calm down.
      You’ll be okay.

  6. RDW

    I’m more bothered that there is only one pro in the entire row.


    They should be going to the JUNKYARD!!!

  8. Jimi Tjong

    Ford not listening to great idea people. My organication making good results. We make new water battery that run on water. very good very clean. I design but only phd engineers build. super cheaper quality battery. Ford no utililze chinese connections for first place in electronics shortage. Not make vehicles when shortage of ics. We all help but no one listen.

  9. Mike

    Whatever the reason the EV Trucks are parked is good that will keep the pieces of junk off the road a little bit longer so maybe people can come to their senses about wasting money on the overpriced pieces of sh*t


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