The first pre-production Ford F-150 Lightning has rolled out of the company’s new high-tech Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
The all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning vehicles have been already put in production at Ford’s new factory, while they are only pre-series samples. Ford is preparing the assembly line for mass production. The Blue Oval has taken more than 150,000 reservations to date.
Yesterday the automaker announced it would increase investment by $250 million and add 450 direct jobs at three related facilities to boost the manufacture of the F-150 Lightning to 80,000 units a year.
The model’s manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $40,000. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the driving range at 300 miles with the extended range battery.
Now pre-production Ford F-150 Lightning pickups are leaving the Dearborn factory to be tested in the real world. Ford slates to start customer deliveries in the spring of 2022.
The F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years. Presently the model is far ahead of others on the U.S. market by sales (471,666 units in H1 2021) followed by the Chevrolet Silverado. The F-150 Lighting enters a competitive segment of electric pickups, will it be able to overtake rivals? It is unclear now, but Ford has high hopes for its first EV truck.