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.