Ford Lightning Production Begins
Ford Motor Co. started regular manufacturing of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck on Tuesday, more than tripling planned annual production of the vehicle. Ford has been building Lightnings for several weeks, parking them in lots around its Dearborn headquarters.
The automaker had planned to build just 40,000 Lightning trucks annually, but surging demand for EVs prompted Ford to increase planned production twice since last August. It has geared up a new part of its Rouge manufacturing complex to build 150,000 of the heavily modified version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck annually.
Ford will ultimately build Lightning trucks at an EV production complex in Tennessee that will open in 2025 and will be much larger than the extension of its Rouge facility.