Do not let your Ford vendor gouge you. When you concern paying above sticker worth to be amongst these fortunate sufficient to get a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electrical pickup truck first—so, this spring—as a result of demand is vastly better than manufacturing can deal with, take some coronary heart.
Ford is greater than conscious of the necessity to construct as many electrical Lightnings as it may, as quick as it may, on the Rouge Electrical Car Middle in Dearborn, Michigan. The excellent news is the automaker has provide you with methods to extend annual manufacturing to 150,000 full-size vehicles a yr, nearly doubling the 80,000 it beforehand promised and hopefully heading off at the very least some vendor markups on the hotly anticipated pickup.
Changing Reservations Into Orders Begins Thursday
Extra Lightning reservation holders might be invited in phases to position their orders over the following few months. Reservation holders might be despatched an electronic mail inviting them to position their order, or they will log into their Ford.com account to see when they’re eligible to take the following step. Not all will get a 2022 mannequin, so these additional down the checklist can have a possibility to get a 2023 mannequin when their flip comes.
The Lightning begins at $41,669 and would be the quickest F-150 within the household, whereas nonetheless able to towing as much as 10,000 kilos. It has a variety of about 300 miles on a single cost and a cool frunk (entrance trunk) for extra trunk storage the place the (nonexistent) engine would usually go.
Final month Ford stopped taking reservations from retail prospects when the checklist approached 200,000 intendees. Three out of 4 reservation holders are new to the Ford model.
How Can Ford Construct Extra F-150 Lightnings?
A job drive with representatives from manufacturing, buying, technique, product improvement, and capability planning labored collectively to search out methods to make extra automobiles per hour. Sufficient options had been discovered to realize a 150,000-unit annual run charge that might be applied by the center of the yr. That could be a important hike from the 80,000 Lightnings a yr Ford mentioned it might be capable of construct in 2023, its first full yr of manufacturing.
Ford can also be working with its key suppliers and its personal feeder crops such because the Rawsonville Parts Plant and Van Dyke Electrical Powertrain Middle to get extra elements to the meeting plant, together with battery cells and electrical drive techniques.
New Vegetation Are Longer-Time period Answer
Mustang Mach-E Manufacturing Additionally Elevated
Sturdy demand for the Ford Mustang Mach-E led to plans to triple manufacturing of the electrical crossover, beginning within the new yr. On the new run charge, Ford expects to construct greater than 200,000 Mach-Es a yr by 2023. A Mach-E was delivered to the primary buyer in China on December 26.
Two years from now, Ford can have the worldwide capability to supply 600,000 battery electrical automobiles a yr. The automaker forecasts that 40 % of its U.S. gross sales might be EVs by 2030, or about 1.5 million automobiles a yr.