Ford Motor Company has halted reservations for its all-electric F-150 Lightning. The halting comes as the company approaches nearly 200,000 reservations, but don’t take the move as an indication anything is wrong. Quite the contrary.

When interested prospects attempt to reserve an F-150 Lightning online now they are greeted with a message that says, “As we prepare to make history together, we’ve closed reservations so we can start accepting orders.”

It is a true statement. Ford is beginning the process of converting hand-raising reservations to firm orders. Production of the F-150 Lightning will commence in early 2022. However, Ford is expecting a high percentage of reservations to actually convert into orders. Ford CEO Jim Farley actually opined in a recent Automotive News interview that reservation conversions could be north of 80 percent. Hence why Ford has turned off reservations: they are trying to avoid reservation-holders having multi-year waits. They can only produce so many EV F-150’s.

Ford originally planned to produce 15,000 Lightning’s in the first year, followed by 55,000 copies the next year and 80,000 in 2024. Ford has since adjusted these numbers to produce 80,000 in 2023 due to surging demand. Farley is also on the record stating the automaker is doing everything it came to increase production capacity.

Regardless of the wait, potential customers only have until 2024 as a possible wait. Ford has already confirmed plans to launch an all-new F-150 Lightning in 2025 based on a new, dedicated EV full-size truck architecture. This EV pickup will be built at a new sprawling assembly complex Ford is building in Tennessee, dubbed Blue Oval City.