Ford has begun production of the F-150 Lightning, confirming a second electric pickup model

Ford on Monday announced the full production of the 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck at its Rouge electric vehicle center, part of the huge Detroit Rouge complex that makes non-electric F-150 trucks.

Ford said in a press release that it has saved 200 200,000 for Lightning. In response to higher-than-expected demand, Ford said earlier this year that it would expand lightning production to 150,000 units annually. It will happen in 2023, the automaker confirmed in Monday’s release.

Meanwhile, Ford CEO Jim Farley made it clear to reporters Monday that the Tennessee-built electric truck set to launch in 2024 will not be a successor to Lightning; It will be in addition to it. “It’s another truck,” he says, as quoted Automotive News. “This is not our only truck. We have made it very clear that we want to be at the forefront of electric pickup trucks.”

Holders of early reservations for lightning will receive the first dib, and even with increased production, it is not clear when others will be able to receive lightning. According to our partner Price and Market Intelligence site, Ford stopped taking orders before production began and the dealer has not been expecting stock for some time. Cars Direct.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production

According to the Frequently Asked Questions section on its website, Ford “does not anticipate any dealer stock order lots until next model year.” A Ford spokesman confirmed the matter Cars Direct The order bank for future model years will not open until this summer.

The need to prioritize existing reservation holders makes it unclear when Lightning will be widely available in dealer stock and whether this will happen before other electric trucks with “incredibly high” production volumes arrive in the middle of the decade.

Ford is not the only automaker to take the time to increase production of the highly anticipated electric truck.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production

General Motors has been teasing the Chevy Silverado EV, and although it will be much more widely available than the related GMC Hummer EV, it is not clear what kind of volume ramp it plans to ramp up for this version.

Rivian is already planning a second plant, as it is slowly increasing production of R1T pickups at its first Illinois plant.

Ford seems to have been challenged to create its most sought-after electrified models. The Maverick hybrid will also be in strong supply for some time.

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