Ford is going to start taking orders for their 2023 F-150 Lightning again after they had to stop in February because of a problem with the battery. It turns out there was a manufacturing mistake while making the cells that make up the battery – this was found out by a small recall announced in March.
Ford was able to fix the problem at their Dearborn, Michigan electric truck’s Rouge plant and re-started making them on March 13. This week, they’re back to producing their trucks at full speed and sending them out to customers. By fall, Ford wants to increase their production so that they make 150,000 of these trucks a year.
In 2022, Ford only managed to make and deliver 15,617 of its trucks even though it had already gotten 200,000 customer reservations from the end of 2021. Right now, we don’t know when Ford will start taking new reservations again. On Thursday they said they’re also increasing the price of their least expensive F-150 Lightning Pro truck model to $61,869 with a destination fee of $1,895.
The F-150 Lightning Pro is a truck created for businesses, and right now Ford only sells it to companies – not individuals. This electric truck is totally sold out so nobody can buy it as retail customer. Since its launching almost one year ago, this truck has seen four price increases already. When launching in April 2022, it was just $41,669!
The prices of the F-150 Lightning Lariat have risen by $1,500 dollars and its cost including delivery is now $77,869. Meanwhile, if you opt for the top Platinum trim with the standard extended range battery pack, you’ll need to spend an extra $1,200 bringing it to a total of $99,969.