WOW! That is THE most precise info I've seen to date on the overall ordering process: "They just repeated what the dealer told me and said if I don't have a VIN number issued by end of sept they will bump me to a 2023."I ordered a plug in hybrid escape SEL with the moon roof on March 8. received the confirmation email on March 9. Dealer said it should take 3-6months to get the car. I haven't heard anything except the July 1 email apologizing for the lack of communication and promising to provide an update every 45 days.
Today I called my dealer, they had no update. I found a number to call Ford Corporate, Gave them the order number and they looked it up. They just repeated what the dealer told me and said if I don't have a VIN number issued by end of sept they will bump me to a 2023.
I'm not mad. I knew the car would take awhile to get. It's a supply chain crisis after all. I'm just lost in how after 5 months they can't provide a clear-to-build date or estimated production date. Really i'd feel a lot better if they just gave me a date. One of the big reasons i wanted the car was the tax credit, this is in jeopardy as Ford nears 200K EVs sold. Yes the current senate bill removes this cap, but it also adds income limits. So one way or another I wont qualify in 2023.
Really the whole experience has been kind of a let down. I was really excited about the car but it doesn't seem like Ford will fulfill the order anytime soon. Starting to consider other non-Ford vehicles as we approach the 2022 clearance time of year. How much longer would you wait?
The last bit of news (from this site that I read) is that 2023 Escape production is scheduled (or intended) to start in November 2022. That could get delayed if they need to clear out all the not-yet-built 2022 models before stamping parts for the 2023 versions. There are body style differences.
There's a chance you/we may still qualify for the Federal Tax Credit. Tracking site is: Federal EV Tax Credit Phase Out Tracker By Automaker | EVAdoption
If you're not on the X-Plan yet, see if your dealer participates in the X-Plan. My understanding is that you need to be a member of an X-Plan approved organization for 90 days in order to qualify for the X-Plan pricing. I also do not yet have a VIN and likely, we're in no danger of getting a VIN issued any month soon. Point being, you have plenty of time to join an X-plan approved org, get your X-Plan certificate and then sit back and wait for the 90-day period to pass. Need a few resources on the process? No problem. Here you go:
Step 1: Ford X-Plan Partner Companies: Ford X-Plan Partner Companies
Step 2: If you're not a member of a partner company, join one. EAA works.
Step 3: Get the Ford partner code of the org you belong to (or just joined).
Step 4: Enter the partner code on this site: AXZ Plan - Login
Step 5: Generate your very own X-plan certificate and print it or save it to your computer or do both.
Step 6: Sit back and wait your 90 days. On the 91st day, you now qualify for the X-plan. Again, we are in no danger of getting our respective VINs in the next 90 days. I ordered 4 months ago and other than the we-have-no-clue letter from Ford, I have received no info. Even my sales guy has stopped calling every few weeks.
One other thing... you asked "How much longer would you wait?"
The short answer is, I'll wait through 2023 if I have to. Here's why.
My dealer doesn't mark up beyond MSRP. That's much better than the $8K+MSRP on a Toyota Rav4 Prime I've been quoted. Also, the local Toyota dealers do not accept custom configuration online orders. I've also been told (and I believe) that for MSRP only on a Rav4 Prime, I'm looking at 2023 or 2024. No reason to doubt that. I'm in Silicon Valley and have lived through multiple supply chain nightmares. There is no easy fix. Ford still looks pretty darn good, even with all the delays. I want to believe. I want to buy American. I want to love the blue oval since I used to see the Ford World Headquarters building from Michigan Ave on the way to visit my grandparents in Dearborn, who always drove Fords. Have to admit, Ford is making it tough.