Ford’s electrified version of the country’s best-selling vehicle was a major event last year. The Blue Oval has used the title Lightning before, but for a very different application.
Ford has invested $950 million in facility development, 750 jobs, and doubled production of the Lightning. There are no 2022 Lightnings left, so some presale customers will have to wait until 2023 to get their trucks. Around 200,000 F-150 Lightning orders were placed quickly. The 2022 Lightning is sold out, and Ford is not taking orders for the current model year.
With the F150’s innovation, securing enough batteries to meet Ford’s 150,000 Lightnings per year objective has been difficult. Even so, Farley believes Ford’s Georgia battery plant, run in partnership with SK Battery, can expand up. “I think we’re in good situation for batteries,” he says.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is scheduled to go into production on April 26, 2022. The Blue Oval plans to produce 150,000 F-150 EVs in its Rouge plant.