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My dealer just emailed me that if ordering now through Q4 the On Board Scales & Smart Hitch are removed, not available?! I'm wondering if you can build and have these retro fitted later on? It's a huge resale feature down the road. Any thoughts?
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I think these technologies would have to be more 'built in' to the existing structure/frame/chassis and may not be easily added or modified. Not fun, but apparently Ford is running short on these chips/technology parts, or they are seeing some reason to pull back on these features. They have some huge expensive machines to 'check' and 'calibrate' these onboard scales, so I'm sure it was not an easy choice to pull them from future orders.
 

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I was bummed to see this too. Does this impact the ability of the truck to accurately predict range while towing?
Maybe. However aerodynamics have a much bigger impact than weight.
 

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I was bummed to see this too. Does this impact the ability of the truck to accurately predict range while towing?
It sure does…

“We know many F-150 Lightning customers will be first-time electric vehicle owners who expect that familiar Built Ford Tough capability along with robust towing,” said Linda Zhang, chief engineer, F-150 Lightning. “That’s why we created smart technologies to help take the worry out of towing long distances by giving customers more reliable and accurate range calculations, and then automatically locate charge points along the way, if needed.”
Helping supply those smart technologies with data are onboard scales that measure how much the truck is hauling or towing in order to better predict how far it will be able to go regardless of what’s being towed. Intelligent Range also collects data on traffic speed, ambient temperature, available energy, climate control, and even route topography to give drivers the best range predictions possible.
In addition, the system also samples similar towing and energy situations from the past to make its range calculations in real time. Over time, Ford plans to make further refinements to the onboard scales to further enhance the Intelligent Range calculation with over-the-air updates to make it even better.

“Whether you’re towing with a gas-powered or electric truck, range degradation as a percentage is basically the same – determined primarily by overall cargo and trailer weight at low speeds and by the aerodynamic profile at higher speeds,” said Zhang. “That’s why we expanded the capabilities of Intelligent Range on the F-150 Lightning with the available Onboard scales to also measure the load effects of trailers and cargo to further refine range calculations when towing.”
 

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Yes big feature missing in 2023 model year, I wish to have more info if it is one module only shortage or multiple parts/modules unable to attain by Ford. If just one module then I would pay for package and have module installed later on when available again...
 

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Ford has been pretty quite on the impact, which makes me think it is significant. Any thoughts on how we get more clarity? Seems like there should be some transparency on impact given most people are about to spend >$80K…thoughts?
 

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Agree. I know Darren Palmer stated they follow social media & forums closely to ensure customer satisfaction. Well the bigger this thread becomes the better if we want more clarity on On Board Scales (temporarily) removal.
 

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Ford has been pretty quite on the impact, which makes me think it is significant. Any thoughts on how we get more clarity? Seems like there should be some transparency on impact given most people are about to spend >$80K…thoughts?
yeah would be good to know - is it just a chip missing? Or there’s a whole whack of hardware being removed because of shortages - I think that would make it impossible to retrofit…
 

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chip shortage may explain to me why my blend date was july 22 and no update as to built status on ford tracking site for 3 weeks, sounds like its parked outside waiting on chips to me as I would think ford is very motivated to get off their lot and convert to cash at the dealer.
 

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I wish Ford would allow people a price protected option to extend their reservation to order due to missing important features like onboard scales and de-contented Platinum seats. Maybe take the order and deposit. Then, put it on hold until those features become available again. I'm almost certain that's the way Ford handled certain packages (ex., XLT Lux) on ordered Mavericks.
 

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Scale & smart hitch delete from Tow Technology package is a real "bait and remove" by Ford. Bad enough that the Build and Price pages do not show exactly what is included (XLT memory seat, rear window, rear signature lighting). Ford should be doing more to compensate owners for misleading them. Taking vehicle, but disappointed. Will have influence on future orders.
 

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Not a conspiracy theorist here, but asides from the chip shortage, the Smart hitch/scale items undoubtedly feed into the remaining (battery) charge calculation. If they've committed to something they now find they are having trouble achieving, seems dropping the smart hitch & stuff is a way around being exposed to all kinds of claims/class-action stuff... j/s
 
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