Ford Adds Third Shift To F-150 Lightning Production Line To Cope With Huge Demand


Ford said this week that it has added a third shift at its River Rouge complex near Detroit in order to match the demand for the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck.

Speaking to Automotive News, Ford’s head of commercial vehicles, Ted Cannis, said that there was “huge demand” for the electric vehicle, which debuted earlier this year. In addition, he said that the automaker is anticipating that the subsidies for electric vehicles laid out in the Inflation Reduction Act may propel the demand for electric trucks and vans even higher.

Ford has added 250 additional workers to its River Rouge factory in order to operate the additional line. Its production goals for the F-150 Lightning have not yet been officially amended, but the automaker previously said that it was targeting annual production of 150,000 F-150 EVs per year, by the fall of 2023.

Read: Ford Has Now Delivered At Least One F-150 Lightning To Customers In All 50 U.S. States

 Ford Adds Third Shift To F-150 Lightning Production Line To Cope With Huge Demand

The first F-150 Lightning was delivered to a customer in a small town in Michigan in May of this year. By August, Ford announced that it had delivered one F-150 Lightning to every state, and that it had taken at least 200,000 orders.

The automaker impressed the industry when it announced that the most basic version of the F-150 Lightning would cost less than $40,000. Since then, though, supply line issues and inflation have caused Ford to increase the price of the truck by as much as $10,000.

Thanks to its up-to-131 kWh battery pack, the truck can go up to 320 miles (515 km) on a charge. In its most powerful, two-motor guise, the F-150 Lightning offers up to 563 hp (420 kW/571 PS) and 775 lb-ft (1,050 Nm) of torque, which makes it capable of hauling up to 2,000 lbs (907 kg) and tow up to 10,000 lbs (4,536 kg).

That power also means that the truck is pretty speedy. Ford initially promised mid-four-second to 60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration times but, in October, Ford CEO Jim Farley announced that the Extended Range model is actually able to hit highway speeds in less than four seconds.


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