While 2023 Ford F-150 order banks opened up back in July, that didn’t include the all-electric version of the venerable pickup – the Ford F-150 Lightning – which sold out quickly for the 2022 model year. As Ford Authority reported in June, 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning production is scheduled to begin at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center this fall, and now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning order banks will open tomorrow, August 9th, 2022.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will enter production on the very same day as its ICE counterpart, which is built at both the Dearborn Truck plant and the Kansas City Assembly plant – October 10th, 2022. Due to strong demand that quickly exceeded Ford’s production capacity, a number of 2022 F-150 Lightning orders have been pushed back to the 2023 model year, when the automaker anticipates that it will be able to produce 150,000 units of the EV pickup.
In just its second year of production, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning is only expected to receive some minor changes, including the addition of an Android-based infotainment system – one of the very first Blue Oval models to get this particular upgrade – that will feature a host of third-party applications. The 2023 model year will also mark the launch of the recently-revealed F-150 Lightning Pro SSV (Special Service Vehicle), an EV pickup designed specifically for law enforcement.
Further down the road, the F-150 Lightning is also slated to receive lithium iron-phosphate batteries in place of the existing lithium-ion units, which The Blue Oval will begin sourcing from from Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) starting in early 2024, as Ford Authority reported last month.
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