Ford Motor Company begins the production of all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is an all-electric version of the company’s best-selling pickup truck.
Ford plans to double yearly production to 150,000 units (by 2023), up from an initial 40,000 vehicles.
US automaker Ford Motor Company has began the production of all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck at its Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan.
“Today we celebrate the Model T moment for the 21st Century at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center,” said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford.
“The stunning anticipation for F-150 Lightning is a credit to the work of our Ford engineers and designers, and the UAW team members who are building these trucks with pride.”
“F-150 Lightning is just the beginning of our ambitions for growth and leadership in digital, electric vehicles”, said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley.
The Ford F-150 Lightning, an all-electric version of the company’s best-selling pickup truck, made its debut in 2021 to disrupt the lucrative $100 billion+ truck market. It will rival the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T and Hummer EV pickups.
Ford had earlier announced plans to double yearly production to 150,000 units (by 2023), up from an initial target of 40,000 vehicles, in order to fulfill over 200,000 reservations.
It has starting price of $39,974, which is $10,000 more than the cheapest petrol version of the F-150 and also cheaper than its competitors.
With the choice of two battery capacities, the F-150 will go up to 230 miles or 300 miles for the extended range version on a full charge.
According to Ford, the electric truck is ‘wickedly quick off the mark’, accelerating from zero to 60mph in around 4.5 seconds. This will allow it to keep up with a Bentley Continental GT in a sprint.
Customers who buy the truck capable of 150kW DC fast-charging will get a 150kW DC home charging station. This will allow them boost their battery from 15 per cent to 80 per cent charge in just 41 minutes.