2025 Ford F-150 Lightning – The news about the second-generation Ford F-150 Lightning is already starting to trickle in, even before the first-ever electric F-150 can be delivered to customers. According to Reuters, Ford plans to produce 160,000 units annually of the 2025 Ford F-150 Lightning. This report states that it will launch in the latter half of 2025.
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Ford has received almost 200,000 reservations for its current F-150 Lightning. This does not include commercial sales or fleet sales through the Ford Pro program. Ford raised its production target for F-150 Lightning but the demand is far greater than the supply. Ford plans to build 15,000 F-150 Lightnings by 2022, 55,000 2023 and 80,000 2024. After that, the Blue Oval will shift to its electric-only TE1 platform which will be the foundation for the 2025 Ford F-150 Lightning. Ford should look to build more F-150 Electric trucks due to the huge demand. However, ramp-up would prove difficult for at most a year because of the shortage in semiconductor chips. As things stand now, there are potential buyers who have reservations about the F-150 Lightning. However, what they receive would be the 2025 model built using the TE1 platform!
Platform & Battery
Ford will launch two platforms exclusively for electric vehicles, where the F-150 electric uses a modified F-150 chassis. The smaller GE2 will be used for cars and crossovers, including a second-generation Mustang Mach-E. While the truck size TE1 can accommodate the 2025 Ford F-150 Lightning and possibly even the Ford Ranger EV, the GE2 will only be available in mid-2023.
The Ford Bronco EV, which is nearly confirmed by Ford as a project, and electric “two and three-row SUVs” for families around the globe like the Ford Explorer (EV), and Lincoln Aviator EV will be accommodated on this RWD/AWD EEV platform, Hau Thailand-Tang, Chief Product and Operations Officer at Ford, said earlier this year. Thai-Tang stated that while Ford may still source batteries from vendors like SK Innovation and LG Chem, in 2025 the brand will have enough North American volume to justify its own plant. With its TE1 platform harmonizing systems/components, multiple Ford/Lincoln electric vehicles could use the same battery size, which will ease Ford into manufacturing/assembling its own cells.
Ford President and CEO James Farley Jr. has suggested that F-150 Lightning, the next-generation pickup truck, will play a significant role in its pickup sales. Automotive News recently asked Farley Jr. whether Ford will require new assembly plants outside of Blue Oval City. He replied that Ford has just announced a new plant to build a vehicle not available on its current full-size pickup platform. This would be an “incredibly large volume” model. Blue Oval City is a campus of vehicle assembly and battery production that will be located on 3,600 acres in Tennessee. It was announced by Ford on September 27, 2021. In a separate announcement, the Tennessee government stated that the company would build Blue Oval City at the Memphis Regional Megasite to manufacture next-generation F-Series trucks, and it will start production there in 2025.
Ford Ion Park was announced by Ford on April 27, 2021. This new facility will be used for research and development of battery technology and possibly even production. The new facility will be located at the same location as the 200,000-square-foot learning laboratory for the development, testing, and production of vehicle battery cells and cell arrays. Ford Ion Park developed the batteries for the next-generation Ford F-150 Lightning.
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Ford announced that it would construct the Ford Ion Park at Romulus in Michigan’s Wayne County on July 27, 2021. This project will invest USD 100 million, more than half the USD 185 million that Ford has committed to developing, testing, and building battery cells. Blue Oval will refurbish the 270,000 square foot facility in order to house up to 200 engineers. It will also provide space for pilot-scale equipment to support electrodes, cell arrays, and product innovation and engineering. In 2022, it will open its “new collaborative lab for learning”