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Tuesday, 04 January 2022 10:22

Ford Planning to Nearly Double Annual F-150 Lightning Production to 150K Units

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Ford Motor Company said Jan. 4 it is planning to nearly double production of the F-150 Lightning™ pickup at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, MI, to 150,000 trucks per year to meet high demand for the first all-electric version of America’s best-selling vehicle, the F-Series.

Beginning Jan. 6, the first group of reservation holders will be invited to place their orders for the F-150 Lightning.

 

“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. “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 unprecedented customer interest, 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.

 

Flexibility is key to Ford’s production system and the way teams are now working to deliver the company’s future lineup of electric vehicles. To deliver this latest increase, a small task force of employees from manufacturing, purchasing, strategy, product development and capacity planning are finding ways to quickly adapt and expand production of the groundbreaking pickup.

 

Ford is working with key suppliers---as well as with its own manufacturing facilities Rawsonville Components Plant and Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center---to find ways to increase capacity of electric vehicle parts, including battery cells, battery trays and electric drive systems.

 

“The pride and quality UAW members are putting into building the iconic Ford F-150 Lightning is evident in the high pre-production demand for the new F-150 Lightning truck,” said Chuck Browning, UAW vice president. “UAW members are leading the way in doubling the amount of vehicles Ford is producing for this game-changing model of our legendary union-built vehicle.”

 

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