A revamped version of one of the world’s most popular new vehicles has generated so much interest that the manufacturer won’t be able to keep up with demand for years to come.
This may be the most sought after new vehicle of all time.
Ford’s new F-150 Lightning ute As per reports there is a waiting list of more than three years.
It’s not just any ute, it’s Ford’s first electric ute.
This is significant as the F-150 is the best-selling model of the Blue Oval globally and marks a major change in direction for the brand.
It’s due to enter production next year, but the company says it already has more than 200,000 reservations. Potential buyers need to confirm their interest with a refundable $100 deposit to secure their place in the queue.
According to the American publication Autoblog The F-150 Lightning has sparked so much interest, Ford is forced to close reservations.
It will take some time for Ford to ramp up production to meet all those potential orders.
Autoblog states that the company will make only 15,000 units next year and eventually plans to reach 160,000 annually by 2025.
The electric F-150 is the core of the brand’s more than $28b global investment in electric cars, including the new Mustang Mach-E SUV that has been launched overseas.
Ford chief Bill Ford said in his global disclosure: “For both Ford and the US auto industry, the F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we move toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future.”
“The F-Series has been America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, the backbone of operations across the country, and a trusted icon for generations of customers. Now we’re revolutionizing it for a new generation,” Mr. Ford said.
The F-150 Lightning also promises to be a proper work and play truck.
The combination of two electric motors – one on each axle for all-wheel drive capability – and an extended range battery delivers 420kW and 1050Nm of pulsation to the supercar. The standard range battery makes 318kW/1050Nm.
It has a driving range of 370 km when equipped with a standard battery and over 480 km when fitted with an extended range battery.
The Lightning has vehicle-to-load capability, which means you can power tools and equipment with it simply by plugging it into the power socket in the tray.
Traditional utes don’t come with standard lockup storage space, but the Lightning does have a 400L boot under the bonnet.
This is possible because electric vehicles have fewer mechanical parts and the battery is placed under the vehicle.
There’s no word on a future electric version of the smaller Ford Ranger, one of the most popular vehicles in Australia, but the popularity of the F-150 Lightning may change that.