Ford adding jobs to increase production of F-150 Lightning



Ford said on Thursday it would boost its F-150 Lightning production capacity to 80,000 per year due to strong demand for the electric pickup truck, adding that the vehicle would go on sale next spring.

The U.S. automaker said it would invest $250 million and add 450 hourly jobs across three Michigan facilities to lift production, having already garnered more than 150,000 reservations for the truck to date.

“The interest from the public has surpassed our highest expectations,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement.

Ford’s move, confirming a Reuters report last month, comes even as Industry observers question whether individual buyers will give up their gas-powered pickups for electric models.

The Lightning is an electric version of Ford’s best-selling gas-powered F-150 truck, whose popularity has made it the subject of some songs.

Reuters had reported the automaker was targeting annual production of more than 80,000 Lightning pickup trucks in 2024, up from its prior target of more than 40,000.

A Ford factory worker near the undercarriage of a Ford pickup truck inside a factory
Ford said it will add 450 hourly jobs across three Michigan factories to lift production of its electric pickup truck the F-150 Lightning.
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A closeup of the exterior rear driver side of a Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck with the Lightning logo prominently seen
Ford said there is strong demand for the electric pickup truck, which is to go on sale in spring 2022.
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Ford and other global automakers are racing to shift their gasoline-powered lineups to all-electric power under pressure from regions like Europe and China to cut vehicle emissions. U.S. President Joe Biden has called for billions to boost U.S. EV production, sales and infrastructure.

In May, Ford outlined plans to boost its spending on electrification by 2030 by more than a third to over $30 billion.


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