Looking for a Ford Lightning?
Ford Lightning

Getting your hands on the wheel of a new electric truck can be difficult.

Haven’t spotted any of the highly anticipated Ford Lightning electric trucks on the roads? That’s because they’re very hard to get.

Ford unveiled the all-electric F-150 in May 2021 and began production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Mich., in April 2021. A year later, the vehicle officially launched and the first deliveries began arriving at Ford dealerships in May 2022.

As of late August, more than 4,500 F-150 Lightning trucks had been sold, but demand quickly outpaced supply. The current 2022 F-150 Lightning is no longer available for order online at ford.com. Ford began sending invitations to order a 2023 F-150 Lightning in August of this year, and production for the 2023 model started this fall. Ford plans to produce 80,000 of the 2023 F-150 Lightning trucks, a miniscule quantity compared to the 362,686 gas-powered F-150s sold as of July, 2022. Orders will be accepted for the 2024 Ford Lightning in summer 2023, according to Ford.

Can you get one now?

Orders are closed for the 2022 F-150 Lightning through Ford, but you can order through a local dealership. Availability at each dealership is limited and vehicles could only be purchased at dealerships as of late August.

How far will it go?

An estimated 230-320 miles per charge, based on the vehicle trim and battery options.

How much does it cost?

From $46,974 (base) all the way up to $96,874 for the Platinum Extended Range model.

How much will it cost to charge it?

The average cost to charge a 2022 F-150 Lightning at home, with a daily commute of 40 miles, is $59 a month. A comparable gasoline-powered 2022 F-150, if fuel prices average $3.50 a gallon, would cost $212 a month. That translates to an annual savings of more than $2,000, if you charge from home at least 70% of the time.

Why aren’t there more of them?

A global semiconductor shortage is impacting the production of these and other vehicles. Ford plans to double all-electric F-150 Lightning production to 150,00 units annually.

To get notifications on the availability of the electric trucks, visit Ford’s website, ford.com.

Sources: Ford Media Center, Consumer Reports, Energy.gov, Wall Street Journal