Since its launch, we’ve been treated to multiple videos, photos, and details outlining the Ford F-150 Lightning assembly process at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, a truly revolutionary process that’s quite different from traditional ICE vehicle production. This recent video from Frame gives us yet another deep dive into that fascinating world, though in this case, the video covers Ford Super Duty and Ford E-Series production prior to moving on to what certainly looks like the future of automotive assembly.
While many of the Ford F-150 Lightning assembly processes are similar to its ICE counterparts, there are many differences worth noting. For starters, the Rouge plant utilizes an array of solar panels to generate clean energy for the facility. The plant also uses a mix of human power and robots to assembly the EV pickup, with unique machines present throughout, including a special robot that applies force to simulate payload and evaluate the truck’s structural performance.
As we’ve seen previously, painted truck bodies and beds are brought into the facility from the Dearborn Truck plant next door, which happens via an assembly line located in the roof. From there, the autonomous sleds move the body parts around the plant from station to station, using magnets embedded in the floor to guide them. Here, we get to watch each Ford F-150 Lightning pickup come together, piece by piece.
Ford built its Rouge plant in roughly one year, but due to higher than expected demand, it will ramp up production of the F-150 Lightning by nearly double its current capacity to 150,000 units annually by the end of this year, as Ford Authority previously reported.
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