The Ford electric truck is set to hit the market sometime in the second half of this year, and the company has big plans to make it a success. The company has already announced that it will build three new battery plants and an all-new assembly plant for electric trucks in the U.S., and they’re planning on investing another $11.4 billion in the project. One battery plant will be in Kentucky and the other will be part of a massive new complex in Tennessee.
The company’s announcement comes on the heels of a massive investment by Ford in electric vehicles with plans to create more than 11,000 new jobs in Tennessee and Kentucky. With this investment, the Blue Oval City will become the leading hourly autoworker employer in the country, and will invest $5.6 billion in new facilities in Stanton, Tenn. The move will help the company build a future vehicle manufacturing facility and create 6,000 more jobs.
Ford is partnering with Solid Power to build the EV. While it’s unclear how the company will use this technology, it is looking at reused capital equipment and a larger range than its current battery-powered rivals. It’s also partnering with electric car maker Nikola Motors to help develop a new electric truck. While the Lightning is a welcome first step, the future of the electric truck lies in a lot of people’s dreams.
While it’s not clear how the new factory will work, Ford’s partnership with Solid Power is a promising move toward the company’s EV plans. The company isn’t saying how it’ll use this technology, but it says it wants to use its existing equipment for manufacturing cells. Regardless, it’s clear that Ford is serious about EVs, and the new factory in Tennessee is just the beginning.
The Ford Lightning has already surpassed its sales target and has almost 200,000 Lightning reservations. A $100 refundable deposit will put you in the queue when it hits the market. That’s an impressive number, but the company isn’t rushing it. The company is focusing on creating a new electric truck and investing in the manufacturing of electric trucks. The Lightning is the perfect example of an electrified truck. And a solid battery is a must-have for the future of an automobile.
Ultimately, the Ford Lightning is set to be ready for production in the second half of 2019. Compared to a conventional gasoline-powered truck, the Ford Lightning’s battery pack is bigger and provides more power. It has a target range of 300 miles, but the standard battery pack has a range of 230 miles. Moreover, the truck’s horsepower has dropped to 426. This is an impressive number for an electric truck, but it’s a long way from reaching production levels.