Ford to Double Lightning Production Again
Jan. 5, 2021—Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday announced it will once again double production of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup.
The increase will bump output of the truck to 150,000 units per year, according to a report from The Detroit News. The first group of reservation holders will be able to place official orders later this week.
"Our teams are working hard and creatively to break production constraints in order to get more F-150 Lightning trucks into the hands of our customers,” Ford executive Kumar Galhotra said in a statement. “The reality is clear: People are ready for an all-electric F-150, and Ford is pulling out all the stops to scale our operations and increase production capacity.”
Ford has already received almost 200,000 reservations for the truck. Moving forward, the report says the automaker will implement a "wave-by-wave" process for customers who already have reservations to order the 2022 model. In order of their reservation, customers will receive an email to place a reservation. If they can't order a 2022 model, they can order for future years.
According to the report, Ford says more than 75 percent of reservation holders for the Lightning don't currently own a Ford vehicle.
The automaker said in September it would invest an additional $250 million across three facilities that have a part in building the Lightning in order to expand production capacity.