Ford plans to increase the production of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck to 150,000 units per year by 2023, according to Ford. This news comes as Ford prepares for the shipping of its new electric vehicle in the first half 2022.
The final stage of production for both the Ford F 150 Lightning Pro and F-150 Lightning Pro has been completed at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn. The spring is expected to see the delivery of the first trucks.
Ford’s initial goal to produce 40,000 electric F-150s in the first year of production was a moving target. Automotive News reports that Ford initially only targeted 40,000 vehicles per year, but eventually told suppliers that it would be aiming for 80,000 units by 2023. A spokesperson stated that this number has now risen to 150,000 trucks by the middle of 2023. (A spokesperson for the company said that more information would be available later on about how many it will produce in its first year.
FORD HAS NOT DISCUSSED HOW MUCH ELECTRIC TRUCKS ITS PLANS TO MAKE IN THE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION
Ford recently announced it would triple the production of the Mustang Mach-E. It expects to produce over 200,000 units annually by 2023. Ford’s electric delivery van the E-Transit goes on sale this year.
Ford also announced that the first reservation holders can start choosing the options and trims for their trucks starting January 6th. The Ford will use a wave-by-wave reservation system to notify customers when they can order Lightnings online. Ford has stopped accepting reservations since the Lightning’s debut in May 2020, when it had collected 200,000 $100 refundable deposits.
Ford F-150 Lightning price
The F-150 Lightning is priced at $39,974, but the price can rise to more than twice depending on which model you buy. Ford dealers may mark up the price of the Lightning to take advantage of high demand.
The base model should offer approximately 230 miles range. It also has a less-expensive interior with a 12-inch touchscreen landscape display. The Mustang Mach-E’s 15.5-inch vertical touchscreen will be available in higher trims. There is also an extended range battery option that can increase the range by up to 300 miles. Depending on the configuration, towing capacity can range between 7,700 and 10,000 lbs.
Ford joins Rivian, GMC and other automakers that have an electric pickup truck. As long as they ship on time, Ford is set to join Rivian. (Rivian began shipping its R1T pickup truck in October while the first Hummer electric vehicles reached customers at end of year. The long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck has been moved to next year. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has stated that the company will not begin making large quantities until 2023.