Ford boosting EV production in North America

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Ford has announced plans to spice up EV production in North America as demand increases. The automaker will expand its manufacturing plants throughout the continent.

Ford will step up the manufacture of the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, and E-Transit EVs at its plants in Detroit, Kansas, and Cuautitlan in Mexico. The automaker reported a jump of 68% in sales in February.

Mustang Mach-E production began in Mexico in early February. Ford implemented some changes on the factory that almost doubled production hours and can help reach the 210,000 units goal by the tip of the 12 months.

Courtesy of the well-received Mustang Mach-E, Ford ranked second in EV sales last 12 months, behind Tesla. As proof of the brand’s attractiveness, greater than two-thirds of the buyers jumped ship from other brands. Ford has sold 50,000 units of the Mach-E.

Ford will triple the F-150 Lightning production number on the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center this 12 months. It’s targeting an annual run rate of 150,000. The Lightning is the best-selling battery-powered pickup within the US, moving 15,617 units in 2022. Buyers have snapped up 3,600 units in the primary two months of 2023.

The three plants in Michigan will see a US$2 billion investment, where they may produce more Lightning pickups. Ford will create 3,200 jobs in the method.

The Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the E-Transit is produced, will enroll more staff. Ford wants to extend the electrical van’s production by 38,000 units (including the Transit). The expansion work will cost $95 million and add 1,100 jobs.

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