This week Rivian announced that it has started production of the R1T, making it the first of several automakers to start building an electric truck. Now Ford has announced that it has started pre-production of the Ford F-150 Lightning, which is slated to go on sale next spring.
The all-electric F-150 Lightning is built at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford has invested an additional $250 million and added 450 more jobs at the plant to increase production to 80,000 trucks a year.
“We knew the F-150 Lightning was special, but the interest from the public has surpassed our highest expectations and changed the conversation around electric vehicles. So we are doubling down, adding jobs and investment to increase production,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, Ford Motor Company. “This truck and the Ford-UAW workers who are assembling it in Michigan have a chance to make history and lead the electric vehicle movement in America.”
The F-150 Lightning starts at $40,000 and has an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles with the extended range battery.