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All-Electric F-150 Lightning Truck Pre-production

Ford F-150 Lightning preproduction at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. Preproduction model shown. F-150 Lightning available starting spring 2022. One year after Ford confirmed construction of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, the first Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production units have begun to leave the factory; the all-electric F-150 Lightning goes on sale next spring

With 150,000 reservations for F-150 Lightning to date, Ford is investing an additional $250 million and adding 450 more direct jobs across three south-east Michigan facilities, including the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, to increase production capacity. Since 2016, Ford has invested $7.7 billion in Michigan; plus, created and retained 7,000 jobs in the state.

While the first preproduction F-150 Lightning trucks roll out of Ford’s new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and demand soars for the all-electric truck, Ford has said it will increase investment and add jobs to boost production.

Ford is investing an additional $250 million and adding 450 more direct jobs across the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center and Rawsonville Components Plant. The investment and added jobs will help increase production capacity to 80,000 trucks a year.

Bill Ford, Executive Chair, Ford Motor Company, said: “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. 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 has a starting MSRP of $40,000 and targeted EPA-estimated driving range of 300 miles with the extended range battery1. The truck is aimed at the heart of the United-States automotive market. Ford has taken more than 150,000 reservations for the trucks to date.

Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s President of The Americas and International Markets Group, said: “Electrifying the F-Series – America’s best-selling truck for 44 years – and assembling it at this high-tech facility in Michigan – represents a significant step toward mass adoption of electric vehicles in America. F-150 Lightning is intended to be more than a no-compromise zero-tailpipe-emissions truck. It’s packed with ingenious features and technology which will improve over time. It’s exhilarating to drive and it can power your home and worksite.”  

Ford confirmed construction of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center a year ago as part of an initial $700 million investment in the historic Ford Rouge Center: creating a manufacturing home for the F-150 Lightning. Now Ford’s preproduction F-150 Lightning trucks are leaving the factory for real-world testing, with the truck available to customers next spring.

Ford’s $250-million additional investment will create 450 additional hourly direct jobs, with most of those Workers assembling the F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. Workers at Rawsonville Components Plant will assemble the batteries; Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center will increase its capacity to supply electric motors and electric transaxles for the F-150 Lightning.

This is the latest in Ford’s continuing investment in Michigan. Ford has invested $7.7 billion in the state; plus, created and retained 7,000 Michigan jobs since 2016 – including bringing the new Bronco SUV and Ranger pickup production to Michigan, refurbishing Michigan Central Station, developing a new Ford Research and Engineering Campus in Dearborn, creating Ford’s Ion Park in Romulus, and more. Michigan has been the home of Ford since its founding in 1903 and these sites represent a growing network across south-east Michigan which will support the next generation of Ford’s battery-electric, connected, and autonomous vehicles.

Ford hosted Government Officials – including Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell – to celebrate Ford’s commitment to Michigan and assembling electric vehicles in Michigan as the first preproduction F-150 Lightning trucks start to leave the factory.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, said: “We’re standing on the edge of an era of electrification which will be built in factories like this one by hard-working UAW members and the innovative minds at Ford. I am proud of Ford for committing to invest $30 billion in electrification through 2025 – including this additional $250 million today to create 450 jobs in Dearborn, Ypsilanti, and Sterling Heights supporting the production of the new F-150 Lightning. I will stay laser-focused at the state level on making investments in the future of mobility and electrification, too; and, together, we can create good-paying high-skill union jobs and lead the world in electric-vehicle development and manufacturing.”

Representative Debbie Dingell said: “Michigan is the heart of the automotive industry and we need to work across all sectors every single day to keep it that way. Building the vehicles of the future here at home while maintaining good-paying union jobs will help the United States lead on mobility technology and innovation, and stay ahead of our global competitors. I’ve been working day in and day out in legislative markups and discussions to ensure strong support for domestic manufacturing and electric-vehicle infrastructure. I’m thankful for Ford’s partnership in this goal as we work together to protect jobs and keep the supply chain here in the United States, while also combatting the climate crisis and strengthening our economy.”

The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is in the Ford Rouge Center, that sets the benchmark for sustainable automotive assembly. This new center supports Ford’s vision of sustainable production as a zero-waste-to-landfill site.

The center uses natural lighting, LED lighting, and the primary forklift fleet will use hydrogen fuel cells with a zero-emission profile. The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is built on the site of the old Dearborn Assembly Plant, using its recycled foundation and construction materials.