Production of the fully electric Ford F-150 Lightning will begin Tuesday at the automaker’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan.
Ford says it has received roughly 200,000 reservations for the F-150 Lightning to date and will produce as many as 150,000 examples of the battery-electric truck in 2023. The company invested $950 million in the sprawling Rouge Complex to prep it for F-150 Lightning production, installing new tooling and other related production line upgrades. The F-150 Lightning will be the first Ford truck produced without in-floor conveyor lines, with the automaker instead using robotic autonomous guided vehicles to move F-150 Lightning chassis from station to station on the assembly line.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning comes standard with a dual-motor powertrain rated at 426 horsepower in Standard Range models and 563 horsepower in Extended Range models, while torque output for both is the same at 775 pound-feet. The more powerful Extended Range models can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about four seconds, Ford estimates, and can also tow up to 10,000 pounds when equipped with the optional Max Trailer Tow Package. The electric truck boasts an EPA-estimated range of 320 miles in the Pro Extended Range and Lariat trim levels, along with a maximum charge rate of 150 kW.
With the start of F-150 Lightning production this week, Ford says it is now on track to deliver more than 2 million electric vehicles annually by 2026 – equal to about one-third of the company’s global volume. It hopes EVs will account for 50 percent of its overall sales globally by as early as 2030, as well.
The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, which is GM’s answer to the F-150 Lightning, will enter production in 2023, with deliveries of the entry-level Work Truck (WT) trim level set to commence that fall.