Ford is getting ready to comply with up the 2022 F-150 Lightning with one other full-size electrical pickup truck designed from the beginning for “extremely excessive quantity,” Ford CEO Jim Farley stated in an interview with Automotive DriftBreath (subscription required).
The brand new full-size truck, which probably will not arrive for just a few years, could have a brand new platform, and shall be constructed at one of many huge new factories Ford just lately introduced, Farley stated.
Ford in September introduced two huge complexes in Kentucky and Tennessee, with the Tennessee facility slated to construct a next-generation truck on a devoted EV platform. That differs from the already-revealed F-150 Lightning, which is predicated on the prevailing gasoline F-150.
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Farley additionally stated Lightning demand is about two to a few instances larger than what Ford anticipated.
Ford now has “160,000 models of demand” for the Lightning, Farley stated. The automaker initially deliberate for manufacturing capability “far north” of 20,000 models per yr, however nowhere close to that quantity, he stated. Ford already earlier this yr doubled Lightning manufacturing to 80,000 models per yr.
That was probably a response to preliminary buyer curiosity. Reservations for the Lightning are nearing 200,000, and Ford is working to transform these reservations to precise orders, Farley stated.
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Common Motors—Ford’s arch rival within the truck phase—can also be getting ready to launch its first electrical pickups. GM has utilized a “structural sandwich” method to the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, giving it the potential to suit very massive battery packs. However the firm nonetheless wants to point out that it may be scaled up on the volumes full-size electrical vehicles would possibly probably need.
The upcoming electrical Chevrolet Silverado can even be a high-volume entry, with some at a value fleets can afford—though GM hasn’t but stated precisely what meaning.