Ford says it has delivered F-150 Lightning electrical truck — which is completely offered out within the US for 2022 — to prospects in all 50 states, together with Alaska and Hawaii.
It’s a pleasant, if not precisely necessary, milestone and a feather in Ford’s cap because it seeks to ramp up manufacturing and deliveries of its flagship electrical car. And all of it occurred within the span of two months, which Ford deems “lightning fast.”
Ford is relying on its 119 years of manufacturing and supply experience in addition to its huge community of dealerships because it seeks to vault over its rivals within the race to get electrical vans to the most individuals. Vehicles are among the many top-selling automobiles within the nation, and the F-150 has been the best-selling car within the US for the final 40 years.
California, the place most EV gross sales happen, and Texas, the truck capital of the US, lead the pack in F-150 Lightning deliveries. However the automaker stated that the deliveries to each state within the nation occurred organically, with none meddling — which can have the impact of blunting criticisms that Ford didn’t anticipate how in style the F-150 Lightning can be.
The variety of electrical F-150s Ford deliberate on making in its first few years of manufacturing has been a little bit of a shifting goal. At first, the corporate was solely concentrating on 40,000 automobiles yearly, ultimately telling suppliers it anticipated that capability to rise to 80,000 by early 2023. Now, that quantity has risen to 150,000 vans by mid-2023 — although it’s unclear what number of will attain prospects this 12 months.
Ford is utilizing a “wave-by-wave reservation course of” to tell prospects after they can log on to spec out their Lightnings. Earlier this 12 months, Ford stopped taking reservations after having collected 200,000 refundable $100 deposits for the Lightning because it debuted in Could 2020. (Reservations are nonetheless closed as of the publication of this text.) The manufacturing goal from Ford’s Rouge Electrical Car Middle is 160,000 models per 12 months.
The difficulty is securing sufficient battery supplies to produce not solely 150,000 F-150 Lightnings but in addition 270,000 Mustang Mach-Es, 150,000 Transit EVs, and 30,000 models of a thriller all-new midsize SUV destined for launch in Europe. Ford says it has one hundred pc of the battery cell manufacturing capability wanted to construct 600,000 electrical vehicles and vans yearly by “late 2023.”