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Wednesday, 26 January 2022 11:03

Ford CEO Commits to 600K EVs in 22 Months

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati
One year after Ford confirmed construction of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, MI, the first Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production units began leaving the factory. Pre-production model shown. F-150 Lightning available starting spring 2022. One year after Ford confirmed construction of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, MI, the first Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production units began leaving the factory. Pre-production model shown. F-150 Lightning available starting spring 2022.

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Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Farley said the Detroit automaker is committed to delivering 600,000 all-electric vehicles within the next 22 months.

Farley, who has spearheaded Ford’s commitment to transitioning to electric vehicles, joined Fox Business on Jan. 26 ahead of a meeting with President Joe Biden later that day. Farley, along with General Motors CEO Mary Barra, will meet with Biden and several CEOs from various industries.

 

In a lofty goal commitment, Farley stated Ford would deliver 600,000 new electric cars to customers in less than two years because the American automotive industry is in desperate need to “catch up.”

 

Farley mentioned how China and Europe, two leading electric vehicle markets, have incredible demand for EVs. In some European markets, like Norway, combustion engine vehicles are hard to come by, as electric powertrains dominate the country’s passenger market.

 

“We have to catch up,” Farley said in an interview with Grady Trimble. “We’re going to do the investment in the product and capacity expansion and make vehicles as affordable as possible. We need the government’s help to make the switch to e-mobility through consumer incentives.”

 

Biden has specific EV incentives listed in his Build Back Better plan, but it is having a hard time making it through the Senate, after the House of Representatives passed the bill Nov. 19. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, has not supported the bill due to massive budgetary issues. It needs support from all 50 Democratic senators, which seems unlikely.

 

Nevertheless, Farley and Ford are committed to an electrified future. Recently, Farley increased the production plans for the F-150 Lightning by boosting production goals to...


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