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Ford F-150 Lightning Plant Adds Third Shift Ahead Of Ramp Up

The Ford F-150 Lightning launched to tremendous demand that far exceeded The Blue Oval’s expectations and production capacity, prompting it to take steps to boost the latter by nearly double its current capacity to 150,000 units annually by 2024. The automaker plans to accomplish that goal by securing vital raw materials from a variety of suppliers around the globe, while also leaning on its EV battery production joint venture with SK On. Now, Ford F-150 Lightning production is also getting a boost courtesy of the addition of a third shift at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, where the EV pickup is built, according to CNBC.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

This additional shift was actually added in November, a move that corresponded with boosting the number of employees building the F-150 Lightning from 500 to 750. The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is now rolling out three rotating crews of workers covering 10 hour shifts seven days a week, all while the plant is also being physically expanded. These moves reportedly put Ford on track to meet its goal of building 150k units per year, according to plant manager Corey Williams. “That’s how we’re doing this fast. We’re building product while building out the factory,” Williams said.

Ford originally planned on building 40,000 units of the F-150 Lightning per year, but was forced to scrap that plan in an hurry when initial demand for the EV pickup far exceeded that projection. Regardless, the automaker is still rolling out the less expensive, work-oriented Pro model alongside pricier variants, unlike many of its competitors.

For the 2023 model year, Ford F-150 Lightning customers are still being invited to convert their orders in waves as the automaker works to ramp up production. Regardless, FoMoCo continues to outline changes for its popular EV pickup in the future, which will include replacing its existing lithium-ion battery pack with lithium-iron phosphate units.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Michael

    Why are they not ramping up the Maverick production, as it is just as big a hit as the Lightning?

  2. Enzo

    How come there are no chip issues for the Lightning, but all the other vehicles, especially the trucks with ICE engines are sitting in empty lots by the ten thousands waiting on chips before they can be shipped out and there are still options missing due to the chip “shortage”? You can easily see which vehicles have the highest profit return.

    1. RWFA

      Of course you can tell. So what? It would be stupid not to direct resources to where the profit is made. That’s the job of management. Competent management does this. If you think that is a bad thing please consider sitting down.

  3. Gary

    Discontinuing AM radios in Ford EV’s because of internal interference issues within vehicles? Can’t figure that out, yet they can figure out building component for vehicles that drive themselves. Go figure.

  4. Tom

    If you notice when checking websites of the major producers the high profit vehicles are what is getting built. You can an F150 of the lot right now. I guess that’s not surprising, just frustrating.

    1. RWFA

      Yours is a reasonable and fair take.

      Frustrating yes, but without profit for too long today, eventually there’s no Ford tomorrow.

  5. Bill Byrne

    GREAT What about us that are waiting OVER A YEAR for OUR MAVERICK orders??????? we tried to order a f150 ele pro when they were $39,000 “sold out” now they are $51,000 for a pro?? can’t afford that !! after buying fords over 45 years ,Im about done with them, and they seem to have NO CUSTOMER SERVICE or PR anymore!!! sad


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