Ford has announced the start of production of an electric version of the F-150, the fastest pickup in the series’ history with the Lightning attachment. The assembly of the novelty is established at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, which took a year to build. To date, Ford has already collected 150 thousand applications for an electric truck, but so far we are talking only about the pre-production version. The first deliveries to customers will begin in the spring of 2022.
Ford F-150 Lightning caused a stir: in the first two days after the May premiere, nearly fifty thousand applications were filed, three weeks later their number exceeded 100 thousand, and now it has reached 150 thousand. Part of the reason for the popularity of the pickup truck lies in the small refundable deposit, the amount of which is only $ 100.
Nonetheless, with demand exceeding expectations, Ford has decided to invest an additional $ 250 million in production in Michigan. In addition, the company will create 450 new jobs at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center and Rawsonville Components Plant. This will increase production capacity from 40 thousand to 80 thousand pickups per year.
Earlier it was reported that the starting cost of the F-150 Lightning is 40 thousand dollars. The basic version will be available at the start: it is equipped with a twin-engine power plant with a capacity of 432 horsepower, and on a single charge such a pickup truck drives 370 kilometers. In the “top” modification, the return of the engines reaches 571 forces, and the power reserve is 482 kilometers. The torque is the same and amounts to 1051 Nm. From a standstill to 60 mph (97 kilometers per hour), the F-150 Lightning accelerates in 4.4 seconds – faster than all previously released pickups in the series.
This week, another American brand, Rivian, began production of an electric pickup truck, putting on the conveyor the R1T electric pickup truck presented three years ago. Thus, Rivian and Ford beat Tesla with Cybertruck and General Motors with Hummer EV.