Ford to double manufacturing capability of its all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck • TechCrunch

Ford stated Tuesday it would almost double manufacturing capability of its upcoming electrical F-150 Lightning pickup truck to 150,000 automobiles a 12 months by mid-2023 in response to buyer demand.

The F-150 Lightning vehicles, which may have a base value of $39,974 earlier than tax incentives are utilized and never together with the vacation spot charge, might be produced on the Rouge Electrical Automobile Middle in Dearborn, Michigan.

The corporate made the choice after receiving almost 200,000 reservations — basically refundable placeholders earlier than shopping for the car — for the brand new electrical pickup truck. The true check of whether or not this demand is actual will start later this week when Ford invitations the primary wave of retail reservation holders to position orders for the truck.

The reservations might be unlocked in waves and extra prospects ought to count on to be notified of their likelihood to position an order within the coming weeks and months, the corporate stated. Invites will come by e mail or by logging into their account.

Extra automobiles, in fact means extra elements. Ford stated it’s working with key suppliers and its personal manufacturing amenities Rawsonville Elements Plant and Van Dyke Electrical Powertrain Middle to seek out methods to extend capability of elements wanted for EVs, together with battery cells, battery trays and electrical drive methods.

Ford Lightning electric truck production

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In the meantime, the F-150 Lightning improvement is progressing. The corporate stated that this week the Lightning entered the ultimate part of pre-production earlier than transferring into mass manufacturing later this 12 months. These production-level vehicles might be used for testing in real-world circumstances. The primary deliveries of the retail F-150 Lightning and F-150 Lightning Professional for industrial prospects are anticipated to start this spring.

Tuesday’s announcement comes a number of weeks after CEO Jim Farley stated Ford deliberate to extend manufacturing of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E in 2022 with the purpose of tripling its present capability by 2023.

Ford stated in November that it will improve its manufacturing capability of electrical automobiles to 600,000 items globally by 2023 — a purpose that may be unfold throughout the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning and industrial E-Transit vans. If Ford hits that 600,000 determine it will double the quantity it had anticipated to provide over the following two years.

The automaker stated it would spend greater than $30 billion in electrical automobiles by way of 2025, which incorporates an $11.4 billion funding to construct new battery crops with SK Innovation. The crops, one in Tennessee and two in Kentucky, will produce lithium-ion batteries to energy next-generation Ford and Lincoln automobiles.

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