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My F-150 Lightning Story

  • Ron Lovell

I know, I know, I know. It has been months since my last blog post. Honestly I didn't think I would be able to get a Ford Lightning. After my last blog post, I received a text from Ford and they said they would honor the MSRP from the time I made a reservation. This blew me away because knew they did not have to do it. The text also said I needed to place an order right away. I went ahead and logged in and configured my order and added another $500 to the deposit. I still didn't think it was real when I got a confirmation from the local dealership, Santa Maria Ford. I feel like a little kid that wanted a pony but never expected it. I woke up Christmas morning to find a full-size horse.

The estimated delivery date was November of 2023, which is fine because I need to save up some money... Fast.

I guess the gestation period for an F-150 lightning is around a year. Today I opened up my email that said the truck I ordered was scheduled for production!

Not only is my truck coming probably March of 2023, but it is coming 8 months early. I reactivated the website, did a little bit of work on the reviews and videos page, and am posting this update. Now that it looks like I will get the truck of my dreams, I will cancel my reservation for the Chevy EV and sell some stuff so that I can pay cash. Anybody want to buy a 2003 Ford F-250?

  • Ron Lovell

So, I mentioned I am getting solar. I just need to save up $30 large. It makes a huge difference in the number of panels needed if you have one or two EV's. I have learned charging a vehicle battery is different than my wife's e-bike. I just pull her battery and plug it into the wall socket like my laptop. Even with 220 plug, figure on 10+ hours and lots of juice. Sunrun was not familiar with the "plug and play" partnership with Ford, or it is not ready yet. We'll see.

I WILL be buying an electric EV, but looks like Ford is not ready. I went ahead and reserved a Chevy Silverado EV to see which company can get me a reasonable truck quicker.

  • Ron Lovell

I met with Sunrun and they were very nice. The information on their website may be a bit premature. I will keep you posted. The partnership does not get you a truck quicker, but they at least have information on how much power it takes to charge an F-150 Lightning. A LOT! Plan on a 12kw system or so. In my case, that is 32 panels, or about $30,000. Wow!

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