Ford says it delivered the sold-out F-150 Lightning to customers in all 50 states - The Verge
Ford said that it has delivered the F-150 Lightning electric truck to customers in all 50 states. But the new EV is still sold out for 2022, and customer reservations have not been reactivated.
Ford says it has delivered F-150 Lightning electric truck — which is totally sold out in the US for 2022 — to customers in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
It’s a nice, if not exactly important, milestone and a feather in Ford’s cap as it seeks to ramp up production and deliveries of its flagship electric vehicle. And it all happened in the span of two months, which Ford deems “lightning quick.”
Ford is counting on its 119 years of production and delivery expertise as well as its vast network of dealerships as it seeks to vault over its rivals in the race to get electric trucks to the most people. Trucks are among the top-selling vehicles in the country, and the F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US for the last 40 years.
California, where most EV sales occur, and Texas, the truck capital of the US, lead the pack in F-150 Lightning deliveries. But the automaker said that the deliveries to every state in the country happened organically, without any meddling — which may have the effect of blunting criticisms that Ford didn’t anticipate how popular the F-150 Lightning would be.
Jeff and Tammy Head have primarily used their new electric truck to tow a boat from Anchorage, Alaska, to the Kenai River.
The number of electric F-150s Ford planned on making in its first few years of production has been a bit of a shifting target. At first, the company was only targeting 40,000 vehicles annually, eventually telling suppliers it expected that capacity to rise to 80,000 by early 2023. Now, that number has risen to 150,000 trucks by mid-2023 — though it’s unclear how many will reach customers this year.