Ford to double, triple production of some EVs

Ford to double, triple production of some EVs

Ford plans to produce additional Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, Maverick and E-Transit vehicles to meet customer demand.

Ford says it is increasing production at manufacturing plants across North America to meet strong customer demand for vehicles including Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, E-Transit and Maverick. Through February, Ford says it is America’s No. 1 selling overall brand as well as the top truck manufacturer and SUV brand. Ford electric vehicle sales are up 68%.

In February, Ford’s U.S. marketshare increased by 1.4 percentage points to 13.3%, powered by a 21.9% sales increase.

  • Mustang Mach-E: Ford began increasing production of the Mustang Mach-E at the start of March. Changes at the plant will allow Ford to nearly double its hourly production and bring its annual manufacturing run rate to a targeted 210,000 units by year’s end. Mustang Mach-E helped propel Ford to No. 2 in U.S. EV sales in 2022, and is bringing new customers to Ford, with more than two-thirds of customers coming from other makes, the company says.
  • Bronco Sport and Maverick: Ford is increasing production for its Bronco Sport and Maverick. Production is targeted to increase by more than 80,000 units this year, helping to meet demand in both North and South America. In the U.S., Ford brand SUV sales totaled 777,770, up 4.6% in 2022 versus 2021, led by the Bronco family of vehicles. Maverick was the No. 1 small truck in America in 2022, Ford says.
  • F-150 Lightning: In Michigan, production of the F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is on track to triple this year, targeting an annual production run rate of 150,000 by the end of 2023. The F-150 Lightning, the best-selling electric truck in the U.S., Ford says, had sales of 3,600 through February, in addition to the 15,617 sales recorded in 2022. F-150 Lightning production will resume March 13. Overall, for the F-150 Lightning production increase, Ford says it is investing $2 billion across three plants in Michigan and adding 3,200 union jobs.
  • Transit and E-Transit: Ford is also adding an additional crew in April is Kansas City Assembly Plant, which manufactures the Transit and the E-Transit vans, which according to the company were America’s best-selling gas and electric vans in 2022. Ford is targeting an annual production increase of 38,000. Ford says it is investing $95 million and adding 1,100 union jobs as part of the production increase.

Ford adds it is also looking at ways to increase production at the Dearborn Truck Plant of the F-150 gas and hybrid trucks to meet continued strong demand.

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