GM’s cross-town rival Ford has announced that it will nearly double production of the new F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup truck as the first wave of reservation holders begin placing orders later this week. Ford says that it expects to produce an estimated 150,000 units of the F-150 Lightning annually.
Reservation holders will be invited to place orders in successive waves over the next few months. Those reservation holder who do not receive a 2022 model year vehicle will be given an opportunity to order future model years of the pickup. Ford says that more than three-quarters of F-150 Lightning reservation holders are new to the Ford brand. Pricing for the pickup starts at just under $40,000.
Full-scale production of the F-150 Lightning will begin in the spring at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, located in Dearborn, Michigan. Customer deliveries will follow shortly thereafter.
Ford also recently announced that it is tripling production of the new Mustang Mach-E to 200,000 units annually. In total, Ford expects a global electric vehicle production capacity of 600,000 units annually. Ford is also poised to begin sales of the all-electric 2022 E-Transit early this year.
The new Ford F-150 Lightning will rival the soon-to-debut Chevy Silverado EV, which is set for a reveal tomorrow in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new Chevy Silverado EV was originally set to debut at CES in Las Vegas, but due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, General Motors instead elected to debut the new Silverado electric pickup truck digitally.
Based on the GM BT1 body-on-frame all-electric architecture, the Chevy Silverado EV will feature GM’s Ultium battery and Ultium drive motor technologies. Range-per-charge is expected to be between 300 and 400 miles, depending on the model and powertrain.