Ford F-150 Lightning begins pre-production as Ford boosts EV investment

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Ford announced today that the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck is officially in the pre-production stage of development. The first pre-production trucks are leaving the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center now, and fully-baked production trucks are currently scheduled to be delivered to customers next spring.

In combination with this announcement, Ford is also announcing additional investment in three Michigan facilities to increase its production capacity of the F-150 Lightning. As of today, Ford says it has “over 150,000 reservations” for the Lightning. In total, Ford says it’s going to add 450 new jobs with a $250 million investment. The jobs will be at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center and Rawsonville Components Plant. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell were both in attendance at Ford’s event today.

The pre-production news also comes with photos of the Lightning being assembled. Images from the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center (which you can check out above) show the truck in various states of assembly. Plus, Ford even shows us photos of the finished pre-production trucks driving.

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