Ford is making new efforts to double the production capacity of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup to 150,000 vehicles per year, the company announced. That follows December news That limited the pre-order to 200,000 units, said CEO Jim Farley “We have completely oversubscribed with our battery electric vehicles.” Also, the company will start inviting the first group of reservation holders to place orders for the F-150 Lightning starting Thursday, January 6th.
To increase productivity, Ford said it has created a small task force of staff from “production, purchasing, strategy, product development and capacity planning” to find ways to accelerate production. It is “working with key suppliers to find ways to increase the capacity of electric vehicle parts, including battery cells, battery trays and electric drive systems,” the company said in a press release.
The company noted that the F-150 Lightning is now in the final pre-construction phase before delivery to mass production for retail and commercial customers, with delivery starting this spring. The goal is to test production vehicles one million miles or more in real-world customer conditions.
On the order side, Ford says it is using a wave-by-wave saving process, asking pre-order holders to view an invitation via email or check their Ford.com account. The automaker has indicated that subsequent pre-order holders may have to wait for vehicles from the next model year. (Ford also noted that more than 75 percent of reservation holders were brand new.)
Delivery of the 2022 F-150 Lightning pickup will begin in the spring of 2022 before any available tax incentive with an MSRP of $ 39,974. However, Some reports indicate Some dealers can pay customers up to $ 30,000 extra to be among the first to receive their vehicle.
Ford recently announced that it will triple the Mustang Mach-E to reach 200,000 units per year by 2023, with plans to have a “global capacity to produce 600,000 BEV annually.” To do this, it calls it “the most advanced, most efficient auto production facility in Tennessee’s 118-year history,” with three battery plants built in collaboration with SK Innovation. All of this represents a total investment of $ 11.4 billion where 11,000 new jobs have been created.
The F-150 Lightning is eligible for a full $ 7,500 US BEV tax credit (including any state subsidy) from today, but Ford is expected to exceed the eligibility limit for its 200,000 vehicles by the end of this year. At that point, unless the credit will be gradually phased out The new law is passed That rule will change.
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