The, Lightning and E-Transit – all enjoy high customer demand in the . That’s why manufacturer is now stepping on the gas pedal to boost production of its electric (and in some cases non-electric) models.
Changes at theplant in will nearly double the hourly production of the Mustang Mach-E, bringing the annual manufacturing rate to 210,000 units by the end of the year. “Mustang Mach-E helped propel Ford to No. 2 in US EV sales in 2022, and is bringing new customers to Ford, with more than two-thirds of customers coming from other makes,” the manufacturer writes in its press release. “We have had a strong start to 2023 sales and we are moving to fast-track quality production,” added Kumar Galhotra, president, Ford Blue. “Increasing production benefits both our customers and our business.”
In, production of the F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is even expected to triple this year. By the end of 2023, Ford aims for an annual production rate of 150,000. The vehicle remains the best-selling electric truck in the United States. Ford sold 3,600 units this year through February and delivered 15,617 electric trucks in 2022.
Production of the F-150 Lightning will resume on 13 March after Ford discovered a possible battery problem a few weeks ago, forcing it to halt manufacturing. However, sales of electric trucks that had already been constructed continued.
At theplant, Ford is also increasing production of the Transit and E-Transit by 38,000 units annually. Ford recently received an order for 9,250 E-Transits from the United States Postal Service (USPS). According to Ford, it will invest 95 million dollars in the expansion of production in Kansas and create 1,100 new jobs there.
The reason for the increase in production is increased demand from customers. According to the automaker, demand for electric cars continues to rise, saying its electric vehicle sales are up 68 per cent through February.