Even though Ford hasn’t said much about their upcoming electric F-150, it seems people are getting very excited about it. There’s enough interest, in fact, that Ford is significantly increasing their production plans from the original plans. According to CarScoops, Ford will boost their production numbers by around 50 percent, saying there has been “strong early interest” since the initial teaser was revealed in September.
While Ford isn’t saying how many they will build with the production increase, they will be adding 200 new jobs at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. It’s impressive that Ford can calculate so much new interest considering they don’t have a preorder system like they do for the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, but that may be coming after the truck’s reveal.
Ford is also prepping its other manufacturing sites for a new wave of EVs that will follow the electric F-150, Mach-E and E-Transit van, that was just revealed today. The E-Transit will be built in Kansas City, where they have invested $100 million and will add 150 full time jobs. The brand is also investing $1.35 billion into the Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada to build EVs in 2024 specifically for the North American market.
Elsewhere, the Mach-E will be built in Cuautitlan, Mexico. Ford also announced they will build a second EV here, which will ride on a modified version of the Mach-E platform. Building them at the same plant will allow for manufacturing efficiencies and cost savings. Finally, Ford is investing $150 million to the Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Here, they will make electric motors and other EV powertrain components for vehicles like the electric Ford F-150.
With the substantial demand Ford already has for their electric F-150 and Mustang Mach-E, it looks like these major investments will pay off. Ford previously announced their EVs will be priced between $20,000 and $70,000, aiming these products at a more everyday consumer than other brands.