Ford says its planning to double manufacturing of its upcoming electrical pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning, to 150,000 automobiles per yr by 2023. The information comes because the automaker prepares to begin making and delivery its new EV within the first half of 2022.
Manufacturing of each the F-150 Lightning and F-150 Lightning Professional for business clients has entered its closing pre-build stage this week on the firm’s Rouge Electrical Car Heart in Dearborn, Michigan. Deliveries of the primary vans are anticipated to begin within the spring.
The variety of electrical F-150s Ford deliberate on making in its first few years of manufacturing has been a little bit of a shifting goal. At first, the corporate was solely focusing on 40,000 automobiles yearly, ultimately telling suppliers it anticipated that capability to rise to 80,000 by early 2023, in line with Automotive Information. Now, that quantity has risen dramatically to 150,000 vans by mid-2023, a spokesperson stated. (As to what number of it should make in its first yr of manufacturing, the spokesperson stated extra particulars could be shared later.)
Ford has not disclosed what number of electrical vans it plans to make in its first yr of manufacturing
Ford additionally not too long ago introduced that it was tripling manufacturing for the Mustang Mach-E, with the expectation that it’ll attain over 200,000 models per yr by 2023. Ford’s electrical supply van, the E-Transit, additionally goes on sale early this yr.
Ford additionally introduced that beginning January sixth, the primary reservation holders will be capable of begin choosing the choices and trim ranges for his or her vans. The corporate is utilizing a “wave-by-wave reservation course of” to tell clients after they can log on to spec out their Lightnings. Ford not too long ago stopped taking reservations after having collected 200,000 refundable $100 deposits for the Lightning because it debuted in Might 2020.
The F-150 Lightning begins at $39,974 however can greater than double in worth relying on which model folks purchase. Some Ford sellers are reportedly making the most of robust demand for the Lightning by marking up the value by as a lot as $30,000.
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That base mannequin is meant to supply round 230 miles of vary and has a extra bare-bones inside, together with a 12-inch panorama touchscreen show. Increased trims will include the identical 15.5-inch vertical touchscreen from the Mustang Mach-E, and there’s an prolonged vary battery choice that may push the vary to round 300 miles. Towing capability ranges between 7,700 and 10,000 kilos, relying on the configuration.
So long as they begin delivery on time, Ford will be a part of Rivian and GMC as the one automakers with an electrical pickup truck available on the market. (Rivian began delivery its R1T pickup in October, whereas the primary Hummer EVs reached clients on the finish of the yr.) Tesla’s long-promised Cybertruck has been pushed to subsequent yr, and CEO Elon Musk has stated his firm received’t begin making them in massive volumes till 2023.