Ford delays start of full production of electric pickup at Tennessee factory

Originally, Ford had said in 2021 that it would start production in 2025.

Published: June 13, 2024 1:09pm

Full production at a Ford EV factory in west Tennessee that was to deliver the company’s F150 Lightning electric pickup truck is being delayed. 

State Sen. Page Walley, a Republican, told the "Tennessee Outlook"  full production of the vehicle line was being pushed back by nine months as a result of a “read on the economy.” 

Ford said in 2021 that it would start production in 2025. Now the electric pickup trucks aren’t expected to be delivered to dealerships until 2026,  according to the "Outlook."

Ford lost $132,000 on each electric vehicle it sold in the first quarter of this year, and according to reports, the company cut orders from its battery suppliers as production plans are scaled back.

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