Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, Industrial - January 4, 2022
Ford to Double Manufacturing of EV Trucks
Ford Motor Company said it is planning to nearly double production of the F-150 Lightning, its all-electric pickup truck, to 150,000 trucks per year to meet increasing demand from customers.
The truck is being manufactured at its Dearborn, Michigan plant. The first group of reservation holders will be invited to place their orders for the F-150 Lightning on Jan. 6.
“With nearly 200,000 reservations, our teams are working hard and creatively to break production constraints to get more F-150 Lightning trucks into the hands of our customers,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of The Americas & International Markets Group, Ford Motor Company in a statement. “The reality is clear: People are ready for an all-electric F-150 and Ford is pulling out all the stops to scale our operations and increase production capacity.”
Due to high demand from customers, Ford is implementing a wave-by-wave reservation process, with reservation holders being asked to watch for an invitation via email from Ford or to log into their Ford.com account over the next few months. Those who don’t receive invitations to convert for the 2022 model year will have an opportunity to order a future model year vehicle in due course.
Ford plans to invest more than $30 billion in electric vehicles through 2025. Within 24 months, Ford will have the global capacity to produce 600,000 battery electric vehicles annually. In addition to scaling Lightning production, Ford recently announced the tripling of production for the Mustang Mach-E and expects to reach 200,000-plus units per year by 2023.
Ford’s all-electric van, the E-Transit, goes on sale early this year. Together with SK Innovation, Ford is also building three new BlueOval SK battery plants – one in Tennessee and two in Kentucky – to produce advanced lithium-ion batteries to power next-generation Ford and Lincoln vehicles.