Confirmed on Sep 24, 2022. My story is I'm all things E. Like eBike, eFoil. Love the quietness, clean energy. Been looking at eTrucks for a year. At some point in Fall '22 I tried to get in an order for the Lightning but alas the list was closed. When I 1st saw the Chevrolet Silverado in that blue color with the midgate and longer range I knew the Ford lightning was likely not going to be a contender for me anyways. Later in December '22 I saw the Ford Lightning Lariat with extended battery in red at a local dealer. It was a "mannequin" for the dealer to show for a few months. It had a buyer that was going to be able to pick it up this spring after the dealer wait period. I was able to get in it and check it out. It was stunning. It actually inspired me to look for one to purchase. I did find 2 that were available as mannequins but the dealers wanted 5k over MSRP and they didn't have the extended range battery.
As I dug into all things eTruck I saw the Denali EV, the Ram Rev, the Hummer, and I've known about Cybertruck and Rivian for quite awhile. I guess the big 4, Chevy, GMC, Ford, Ram appeal to me the most for size and local dealer/service support. The Ram Rev almost got me to sign. I knew about it before the Super Bowl and right up until the Super Bowl ad I was going to sign up but it was another $100 and the cool futuristic design was downgraded to a normal truck look and that turned me off. I know all auto manufacturers show a different car at the show than the production model but Ram's Rev went from an almost Tesla/Rivian-like truck from the future to a standard Ram 1500. The proposed 500 mile range plus the possibility of a "Range Electric Paradigm Breaker" for more range via a gas engine powering up the battery, though potentially awesome, is likely to be way down the road on future models and how many years can one wait chasing the "range" rainbow? Plus the Ram list is closed now and that is that. As is the Denali. As is the Lightning.
So maybe it's fate that the Silverado is available to me.