The all-electric future of Ford is coming faster than you think. The incredibly popular 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has entered pre-production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, and Ford is supporting demand by boosting production output.
Ford in September announced that it will invest an additional $250 million across three production facilities in Michigan to support increased F-150 Lightning output. This will lead to the creation of 450 direct jobs and allow Ford to build 80,000 electric trucks each year.
“We knew the F-150 Lightning was special, but the interest from the public has surpassed our highest expectations and changed the conversation around electric vehicles. So we are doubling down, adding jobs and investment to increase production,” said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford.
It’s easy to see why Ford is doubling down. Since its debut earlier this year, the all-electric F-150 Lightning has seen reservations well over 100,000 from across the country. Americans in Texas and elsewhere are ready for a powerful, Built Ford Tough® electric truck, and it shows.
By increasing production, Ford ensures that more Texans can enjoy the many benefits of its groundbreaking F-150 Lightning when it launches in spring 2022. You can reserve your 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning at Sour Lake Ford today and be one of the first in Truckville to show off in the pickup of the future.
The all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning will come with two battery options, with the standard-range battery getting 230 miles and the extended-range battery offering up to 300 miles of maximum range. The standard 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro will help you charge up quickly at home. This electric power translates to 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque and up to 10,000 pounds of available maximum towing. With the standard 2.4-kilowatt Pro Power Onboard™ and available Ford Intelligent Backup Power, you can also use the Ford F-150 to power your house during an outage.
On top of its efficient and powerful performance, the all-new F-150 Lightning will also feature the latest technology, including a 15.5-inch portrait touch screen with SYNC® 4A, BlueCruise hands-free driving, Ford Power-Up over-the-air update capabilities, Onboard Scales, new Pro Trailer Hitch Assist technology, and Phone As A Key technology.
The Ford F-150 Lightning also features a unique design, offering 14.1 cubic feet of cargo volume and a 400-pound payload in its front trunk. The front trunk also includes four electrical outlets and two USB chargers.
The automotive world is changing in some major ways. One of the most prominent trends to emerge is the increasing electrification of vehicles across the industry. Ford has never been one to follow others, but rather one set the pace for everyone else. So, it should come as no surprise that it just announced plans to invest a staggering $22 billion in EV production.
This is double the initial amount of $11 billion Ford pledge to invest in EVs back in 2018. Since then, a number of new electric innovations have emerged, from both within the Ford brand and outside of it, necessitating even more investment in emission-free models.
In just the past year, Ford introduced a remarkable new EV in the form of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This vehicle is a radical departure from the traditional Mustang marque, as it is not only an SUV, but also an all-electric vehicle. Somehow, it still manages to maintain the world-famous pony car’s sporty performance.
The Mustang won’t be the only iconic Ford model to receive an all-electric option, as production on an electric version of the best-selling Ford F-150 truck is set to begin later this year. In addition to the $22 billion commitment for the production of electric vehicles, Ford is also pledging $7 billion for the development of autonomous driving technologies.
With all of the exciting new technological developments coming from our favorite automaker, all of us at Sour Lake Ford can’t wait to see what’s coming next. To experience Ford’s innovation firsthand, pay us a visit at our location in Sour Lake, Texas.
The new 2021 Ford F-150 has already proven itself to be a capable, tough, and award-worthy model. After already taking home the 2021 North American Truck of the Year title, the F-150 has now earned the 2021 Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year award as well.
The 2021 Ford F-150 surpassed its competitors and won the prestigious Freep award, thanks in part to its best-in-class 14,000 pounds of towing capacity and its class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6. This available engine delivers 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, while also being fuel-efficient.
Freep also appreciated the technologies of the 2021 F-150, like its future Active Drive Assist hands-free system and the segment-exclusive Over-the-Air Updates of its SYNC® 4 system. The truck’s available Interior Work Surface and comfortable Max Recline Seats also gave it a leg up over competitors.
In addition, author Mark Phelan noted that the F-150 has some features that, despite being overlooked by the competition, ultimately helped the truck win the award. These include a tailgate with a built-in measuring stick and c-clamp receivers as well as longer running boards that go behind the cab to provide easier bed access.
If you’d like to drive the award-winning 2021 Ford F-150 around Sour Lake, Texas, schedule a test drive today at Sour Lake Ford.