With pre-orders for the 2022 F-150 Lightning EV pickup on a seemingly unstoppable trajectory, Ford already has its sights set on the development of another, full-size electric pickup truck. In an interview with Automotive News, Ford CEO Jim Farley teased the company’s plans for a new truck that is “designed from the start for incredibly high volume.”
While this is exciting news, it should be noted that the new electric truck likely won’t arrive for a few years. According to Farley, the truck will feature a new platform, and will be built at one of the massive new factories Ford announced in Kentucky and Tennessee. The Tennessee facility, specifically, will house the development of a “next-generation truck on a dedicated EV platform.” This is notable, as the highly anticipated F-150 is based on the existing, gas-powered F-150.
If the preliminary popularity of Ford’s electric F-150 is any indicator, this new electric truck is sure to capture consumer interest. In his interview, Farley revealed that the demand for the Lightning is about two to three times higher than what Ford anticipated. Currently, Ford has “160,000 units of demand” for the truck, which far exceeds Ford’s initial plans to manufacture 20,000 units per year.
Due to this demand, Ford has doubled the production of the F-150 Lightning, now reaching 80,000 units per year.