The full production of the Ford F-150 Lightning vehicles has begun at the high-tech Rouge Electric Vehicle Center today. The company considers this event to be the start of America’s real transition to electric vehicles.
The official production launch of the F-150 Lightning happens today, April 26, 2022, at Ford’s new EV assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan. The electric pickup trucks are now being made for customers across the USA. The carmaker claims the F-150 Lightning is the only electric vehicle with Built Ford Tough capability.
The Lightning is the smartest, most innovative, quickest-accelerating (0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds), having the most torque (775 lb-ft) Ford F-150 ever. It is also the only full-size electric pickup today with a starting price below $40K before tax credits and software updates.
The model boasts of 200,000 reservations, ¾ of them do not currently own or lease a Ford vehicle. Such high demand has pushed the Blue Oval to ramp up production to an annual volume of 150,000 units in 2023.
Owners of the Ford F-150 Lightning will benefit from constant improvements through over-the-air software updates – Ford Power-Ups.
Moreover, they will be able to use an optional BlueCruise hands-free driving experience on more than 130,000 miles of prequalified divided highways across North America and will have access to the Blue Oval Charge Network, the largest on the continent.
UPDATE as of 04-28-22: In the coming days, Ford will begin to ship the F-150 Lightning vehicles to customers, starting with the Pro Series purpose-built truck for commercial customers.