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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Production Update Ditches Two Features

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning production began at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center back in April, with the very first deliveries following in May. A few months later, the all-electric pickup has been delivered to all 50 U.S. states as sales continue to rise, in spite of multiple supply chain constraints. However, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is ditching two of its features amid the chip shortage and various other supply issues – On-Board Scales and Smart Hitch.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning production has been updated to include an On-Board Scales and Smart Hitch Removal option, which is required, but only impacts models that would have otherwise been equipped with the Tow Technology Package. The Tow Technology Package is standard on the Platinum and in conjunction with the Lariat 511A equipment group, as well as available as an option on Pro, XLT, and Lariat trims.

With this new removal option, the Tow Technology Package now includes Trailer Reverse Guidance, Trailer Brake Controller, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and Forward Sensing System – the latter of which is standard on all trims except for the F-150 Lightning Pro, which offers it as an option. This change is presumably being made as a way to keep production flowing in spite of supply chain constraints including the chip shortage.

This sort of deletion is nothing new for many Blue Oval models, including the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. In fact, the EV pickup gained a Multicontour seat removal option back in June. These sorts of deletions figure to continue for the foreseeable future as well, though Ford CEO Jim Farley recently reiterated that he believes the chip shortage will begin to ease as soon as 2023.

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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. Tim

    And the credit back to the consumer…..nothing. Just wait till more ev’s get on the market roving black outs, limited range….now the government has you were they want you.

    1. Steve Ketterer

      That’s exactly what these communists have in store. It started with coffee shops and apparel–moved to pro sports–and now are taking over the entire auto industry by leveraging fear-inducing green energy tactics. Next we’ll need government clearance to actually own a vehicle!

      Guess when this shi# ends?

    2. Proppo

      I can make my own electricity, relieving me of not one but two monopolies controlling my life. It’s a wonderful thing.

    3. J

      The window sticker reflects a $650 credit.

      You may need to put some fresh tinfoil on your hat, too.

      1. Tigger

        If they are giving you a $650 credit, you best believe they are taking at least twice that much in equipment out of the vehicle.

  2. TJ

    And it starts! Next they will take away the battery. This vehicle market is horrible.

  3. NCEcoBoost

    This would have happened regardless of the fake chip shortage. It’s called decontenting. And buyers are so hard up (uh, huh) for new wheels that they’ll overpay for anything on the lots.

  4. Daniel Hoffman

    Without the on board scales, how does the truck factor in the range?

    1. David Dickinson

      You can’t, and I’m guessing that is one reason Ford eliminated it.

  5. Marc

    Not just chips are problems and shortages. This will be ongoing for the next few years, 2024+.
    removing on-board scale, wow what a mistake. then again, they can’t build the trucks anyway

  6. David Dickinson

    I recall an article on this site where the on-board scale did not match up to the actual weight. Rather than fix the problem, maybe Ford just eliminated it. Plus, without the scale, it will be harder for the driver to tell that they are not getting the range they were promised. It’s a win-win for Ford because it is a lose-lose for the customer. That seems to be the Ford way now.

    1. Steve Ketterer

      Non-viable EVs aren’t sellable without good ole smoke and mirrors.

  7. FgoTP84

    What a bunch of whiners. It’s one feature…that doesn’t exist on the ice version either. When I tow with my f150, I have to manually calculate in my head how long before I need to refuel. After a year, I could guess it to +/- 5 miles. The entitlement and ignorance in the comments is astonishing. Ford, ignore the haters and keep up the great work .

    1. David Dickinson

      But you are using an ICE where you can stop virtually anywhere and fuel up. If you have an EV, then weight has a dramatic effect on range. Charging stations are few and far between. EV owners constantly complain about “range anxiety” for these very reasons. Ford’s elimination of this feature will only increase range anxiety.

      1. Kenny D

        👍🏼 Nicely Put David!

      2. FgoTP84

        If you’re using the Lightning to tow frequently, you should stick with an ICE. I’m sure it’ll get there in a decade but the infrastructure isn’t there yet. If you’re towing occasionally, then plan ahead in the beginning. You’ll figure out how far you can travel after a few trips. It’s not that complicated.

      3. Old Timer

        I read a Motor Trend article that stated towing with the Lightning was like driving an F-150 with a 4 gallon gas tank.
        Can anyone tell me their experience with towing a 7,000 lb. trailer?

  8. Michael

    The EV haters are trolling hard. Get a life.

  9. JDE

    Seems like maybe the auto frunk which seems to be already failing for some should have been the feature to go first. we can lift a trunk, we can lift a tin can frunk too.

  10. Kenny D

    Ya. No Big Deal you say??? Range Anxiety????? You Betcha it’s REAL Feller’s. Town and Country Ford on You Tube Just Did a Video, Go watch it if ya don’t think it’s REAL!!!??? Just be Lucky you Don’t Live In CALIFORNIA!!!! The KW Hr Rates are Off the Charts Already!!!! And….. GOING UP. Mark My Words, When this S _ _ _ Show is over, Charging your EV will be Like Gassing Up your RIG, BEND OVER FOLKS…. It’s Coming down the PIKE at Charging Station Near YOU!!! TFL Truck On YouTube Also is in the Midst of a LONG RANGE ALASKAN DRIVE in the Lightning. Ya…. It’s REAL!!!!! Don’t FOOL Yourselves…..

    1. Tigger

      People are naive to think that it will not cost just as much if not more to charge an EV as it will a ICE vehicle in due time. Uncle Sam et al will be sure to extract their pound of flesh via taxes and registration fees rendering the cost savings of EVs null and void.

  11. Steve

    Chip shortages….really? You went there. There are 6 major chip manufactures in Silicone Valley alone.
    Intel Corporation
    Applied Materials
    GCT Semiconductor
    You’re going to try to sell this chip shortage bull excrement to us. We all know it’s bull. You just decided to sleep with China and now China has you by the nads. Shouldn’t make the consumer pay for your bad decisions.

  12. Stu

    Well, I have read enough on this forum to make me wonder where folks get their information and why waste your time on all the useless conspiracy theories.
    First off, the chip shortage has been real. Due to multiple factors over the last almost 3 years that include Covid disruption to supply chains around the world, major fires at chip plants in Germany and Japan, increased demand for the options in vehicles that require computer control and every other new electronic product we want to buy needing these chips too. The short answer is, chip demand is up and world production can’t keep up. Where is the necessary new chip production in the USA?
    Next, EVs are here to stay and the demand is growing….fast. ICE vehicles are not going away in the short term but are going to lose popularity as fuel prices continue to climb, the climate impact from CO2 gets worse and parts of the world ( including in the USA) become too hot to live there.
    The charging station networks do indeed need to grow and be funded by big and small money alike. Government can help, but entrepreneurs and businesses can have a great positive impact without increasing the tax burden out of sight. Oil companies have already started to deploy public charging stations (BP, Shell, Petro Canada, etc.). Electricity companies have gotten on the bandwagon in Canada (Hydro One and OPG in Ontario, Hydro Quebec and BC Hydro). Perhaps some already do in the USA also.
    As for the sources to power the EV demand, every home and building is a potential charge point, my house already is one of over 2 million where I live.
    Clean power generation from new hydro plants (large and small), wind turbines and solar farms need more support from public and private money. New jobs are created as well to build these.
    Here is an easy interim action for anyone and everyone, get more energy efficient at home and businesses by swapping out old fluorescent and incandescent lights with new LED lights. The benefit is substantial, it worked at my house and many stores I shop in.
    I own a Mach E, I travel and use DC fast chargers on the major trips. My average travel cost is $25 per charge for 80% range or about 14 cents per mile which is about half of what it costs for an ICE vehicle that gets 31 mpg.
    Charging at home costs me $35-$40 PER MONTH, true fact!
    I am retired, do not work for any automotive company, don’t own stock in any power companies and have owned ICE Fords since 1969, a 1964 Fairlane, to my 2010 Shelby GT500, to my last ICE, a 2018 Edge.
    Why the Mach E? Because it is time.


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