OFFICIAL: Ford F-150 Lightning Production Begins

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It officially beats a certain cyber truck to market.

Today marks a momentous occasion for the Ford Motor Company. After entering pre-production earlier this year, the all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has now entered full scale production at Ford's Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan.

"Today we celebrate the Model T moment for the 21st Century at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center," said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford. "The Rouge is where Ford perfected the moving assembly line, making it a fitting backdrop as we make history again. The stunning anticipation for F-150 Lightning is a credit to the work of our Ford engineers and designers, and the UAW team members who are building these trucks with pride."

Ford has its work cut out trying to fulfill the massive demand for the Lightning. The company announced this year it would double yearly production to 150,000 units (by 2023) in order to fulfill over 200,000 reservations. To meet production goals, Ford invested $950 million and created 750 jobs at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.

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"America's real transition to electric vehicles starts now," said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley. "F-150 Lightning is just the beginning of our ambitions for growth and leadership in digital, electric vehicles. We continue to expand our EV manufacturing footprint across the US, including the start of site preparation at BlueOval City, which will enable us to meet the ever-increasing customer demand for our exciting EV line-up."

The Lightning is the first Ford to be built without traditional in-floor conveyor lines, instead using Autonomous Guided Vehicles to move the truck to different work stations. The AGVs allow Ford to have more flexibility for additional production output, quality checks, or product customization without having to install new floor chains, moving mats, conveyors, or overhead cranes.

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The F-150 Lightning arrives sporting 426 horsepower (up to 563 hp) and 775 lb-ft of torque, yielding a mid-four-second 0-60 mph time (with the extended battery pack). Driving range spans from 230 up to 320 miles with the ability to power tools and other electronics using the integrated Pro Power Onboard generator in the bed. Pricing ranges from under $40,000 for the base Pro model to over $90,000 for the luxurious Platinum trim.

Deliveries will begin soon.

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