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According to Ford Authority, Ford is putting fleet orders for the Lightning and E-Transit on hold because production cannot meet the demand right now.
"fleet orders will be automatically placed on a material hold until the dealer in question gets the appropriate allocation for either vehicle. As production ramps up to match the orders, their status will change, but no timeline has been outlined yet."
The Blue Oval’s decision to pivot significantly toward fully electric vehicles by the end of this decade will see the automaker spend boatloads of cash to develop and manufacture the batteries and platforms necessary to accommodate the technology. But before that transition takes place, two of Ford’s pre-existing and popular fleet vehicles are getting fully electrified variants of their own. As Ford Authority previously reported, the two vehicles in question, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and 2022 Ford E-Transit, have secured substantial orders from customers, and in the case of the Lightning, surprised the company when it came to the amount of interest it has generated thus far. However, overwhelming demand has prompted Ford Pro to halt fleet orders for both vehicles, and it is currently unclear when the automaker will resume taking regular orders for the duo.
Sources familiar with the matter explained to Ford Authority that production cannot currently meet demand for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and 2022 Ford E-Transit. As a result of the situation, fleet orders will be automatically placed on a material hold until the dealer in question gets the appropriate allocation for either vehicle. As production ramps up to match the orders, their status will change, but no timeline has been outlined yet. This latest development arrives not long after The Blue Oval confirmed that it is currently on a mission to greatly increase Ford F-150 Lightning output to 150,000 units per year by mid-2023 and followed more recent news that the automaker has received 10,000 orders of the 2022 Ford E-Transit from fleet customers large and small.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and 2022 Ford E-Transit both depend on facilities that are also responsible for their internal combustion counterparts. For the former, at least some capacity at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant is used to construct basic components of the pickup before the fully electric variant heads to the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. Similarly, the Ford E-Transit is constructed at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the gasoline versions are also manufactured, along with certain versions of the 2022 Ford F-150.