Electric Vehicles

Ford to limit initial F-150 Lightning production

Top trims will cost considerably more than the $39,974 base price.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Earlier this week, Ford debuted the F-150 Lightning, its first all-electric pickup truck. As an electrified version of one of the world's best-selling vehicles, the truck immediately made news. Buyers were watching, too, and if the early numbers are any indication, The Blue Oval is about to deliver a winner.

Ford has already collected 44,500 reservations for the new truck, which debuted earlier this week. It took just 48 hours for the automaker to accumulate that total from customers who lined up by placing a $100 refundable deposit for the trucks. In comments to the media, Farley said that Ford will limit production during the Lightning's first year, but declined to put a number on that limitation.

All-electric Ford F-150 Lightning The trucks might be in limited supply at first.Ford

According to Automotive News, production won't fully ramp up until 2023. The approach is similar to the one that Ford took with the Mustang Mach-E, which was limited to just 50,000 units in its first year. The number of reservations might lead you to believe that the truck is already sold out, but it's worth noting that reservations don't always convert to actual orders. People that do choose to pursue an order will have the chance to do so this fall.

When, exactly, the trucks will actually end up on dealers' lots and in driveways across the country is anyone's guess, as vehicles of all types have been delayed over the last year for various reasons ranging from a global pandemic to a worldwide shortage of microchips.

The F-150 Lightning will cost just $39,974 for a commercially-oriented version of the truck. The models consumers will most likely end up purchasing start with the mid-range XLT model, which will start at $52,974, but top trims can reach up to $90,474. When it finally arrives, the F-150 Lightning will already be neck-deep in competition.

All-electric Ford F-150 Lightning A spacious frunk is standard.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Rivian R1T is expected to begin hitting buyers' driveways in June 2021, while the Chevrolet Silverado EV will go on sale in 2023 or 2024. General Motors' other EV, the GMC Hummer, is expected to enter production in fall 2021.

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Chevy recently dropped a load of specs and opened orders for the new Silverado EV.


After months of teases and speculation, Chevrolet took the wraps off its 2024 Silverado EV pickup truck. The long-awaited electric truck lands with impressive range of up to 400 miles, plenty of power, and neat features that improve its ability to do "truck stuff." The $105,000 RST First Edition model sold out in 12 minutes, so we're here to ask the question: Would you line up to buy one?

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV It's all about the screens in the RST First Edition model. Chevrolet

Chevrolet will offer the truck in two trims at launch: A fleet-oriented WT (work truck) model and a consumer-friendly RST First Edition model. Chevy says it will eventually offer a fleet model with 20,000 pounds of max towing capacity. The WT model will launch first with 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque, which adds up to a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds of payload. The RST trim offers a Wide Open Watts (WOW) Mode that bumps power to 664 ponies and 780 pound-feet of torque, which is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds.

The RST model offers advanced features to make daily driving easier for the everyday buyer, including four-wheel steering, automatic adaptive air suspension, a 17-inch touchscreen and 11-inch gauge cluster, a 14-inch head-up display, and Super Cruise with trailering capability. An available onboard generator system can produce up to 10.2kW of power for equipment such as worksite power tools or campsite gear.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Preorders for the $105,000 RST First Edition sold out in just 12 minutes.Chevrolet

Both trucks come exclusively in crew cab format, and will offer an "eTrunk" where the engine bay would be in a traditional truck. The lockable, weatherproof compartment can carry a large suitcase, and adds to the Silverado EV's already impressive interior storage. The RST's center console can swallow more than seven gallons of gear, which is large enough to hold a small lunch cooler, according to Chevy. RST models are also available with GM's excellent Multi-Flex tailgate, but there's a new feature for the electric truck that its gas-powered counterparts don't get: A Multi-Flex Midgate that opens the space between the cab and bed for carrying longer cargo. Using the function won't interfere with use of the back seat, either, so the truck will still carry at least four people.

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Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.


The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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