Ford has just started regular production of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. Workers, executives and early customers of the F-150 Lightning arrived at Ford’s Rouge production facility in Dearborn, Michigan to mark the acceleration of electric pickup truck production.
Ford plans to produce 40,000 F-150 Lightning units each year. But a surge in demand prompted Ford to double production. For that Ford prepared a new part of the Rouge manufacturing complex.
There were 200,000 customers who had made reservations for the F-150 Lightning before Ford decided to stop taking initial orders in December.
The F-150 Lightning will hit showrooms in the near future and will compete with RIvian’s R1T, which was the first to hit the electric pickup truck market. The electric pickup truck market will be even more crowded when the electric Silverado, electric Ram and Cybertruck are available to consumers.
In the longer term, Ford will manufacture the F-150 Lightning at an electric vehicle production facility in Tennessee that will open in 2025.