Ford plans to nearly double production of its new all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup

Ford has started off first pre-generation of its electrical F-150 Lightning pickup truck at a new plant in Dearborn, Mich.

Michael Wayland | CNBC

DETROIT – Ford Motor on Tuesday explained it designs to almost double annual manufacturing capability of its impending electric powered F-150 pickup to 150,000 motor vehicles for each year by mid-2023, citing solid consumer demand.

The enhance is a favourable indication of need for the F-150 Lightning as properly as electric powered autos in normal but also reveals Ford appreciably underestimated desire for the truck, causing it to now scramble to boost it. This is the second time Ford has reported it designs to double generation of the automobile, which is due out in the spring. Initial manufacturing was established for about 40,000 units.

“The reception of this car has been unquestionably incredible,” Kumar Galhotra, Ford president of the Americas & global marketplaces, mentioned Tuesday through CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Shares of Ford were being up by about 3% all through pre-market buying and selling.

Ford’s manufacturing options come before the automaker commences taking orders for the car on Thursday. The enterprise acquired about 200,000 nonbinding reservations for the truck in advance of it stopped getting the pre-orders last thirty day period.

At that time, Ford CEO Jim Farley instructed CNBC that the business was executing “what ever it takes” to double manufacturing ability for the F-150 Lightning.

“We experienced to halt reservations, we bought so several,” Farley instructed CNBC’s Jim Cramer. “We stopped at 200,000, and all those are orders. Hard orders.”

Ford said it will be employing a “wave-by-wave reservation system,” with reservation holders getting questioned to view for an invitation through e mail from Ford or to log into their account over the subsequent couple months to place an get for their car or truck.

This 7 days is the closing pre-construct phase just before transitioning into mass generation of F-150 Lightning vans for retail consumers and F-150 Lightning Professional for commercial clients, Ford said.

Ford’s creation options come a working day ahead of Basic Motors is scheduled to expose an electric edition of its Chevrolet Silverado. The pickup is predicted to compete a lot more right with the F-150 Lightning than its GMC Hummer EV, which recently commenced transport to shoppers. The Silverado just isn’t envisioned to go on sale until finally 2023.

Pricing for the F-150 Lightning, substantially like the regular pickup, has a extensive selection. A get the job done-oriented edition of the truck will commence at $39,974. Much more consumer-centric versions will commence at $52,974 and top rated out at all-around $90,000.