Ford Starts Pre-Production of Its F-150 Lightning Electric Truck

After unveiling the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning this year, Ford says it has received more than 150,000 reservations for its electric pickup truck. The unexpectedly strong demand exceeded Ford’s expectations. The company aims to become a leader in the EV space, and the F-150 Lightning—which is on track to be delivered in spring 2022—is an important part of its plans. That’s why it’s investing more money in the factories that will produce this full-size electric pickup to increase annual production—and that means more jobs, too.

Pre-production Lightning models are now leaving the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Lightning production involves several other plants: Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center assembles the electric motors, and Rawsonville Components Plant produces the batteries. Between all three of these three southeast Michigan facilities, Ford will invest an additional $250 million to increase production of the Lightning to 80,000 units per year, adding 450 jobs in the process.

Scheduled to arrive in spring 2022, the battery-electric Ford F-150 Lightning starts at $41,669 and gets an EPA-estimated 300 miles with the extended battery pack. It can tow up to 10,000 pounds and has a maximum payload of 2,000 pounds, with 400 of those pounds allotted to the fabulous frunk.

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