On Monday, Ford Motor announced a reduction in prices for its electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck. The company stated that its efforts to increase production and reduce costs for battery minerals have been successful, leading to this price cut.
Specifically, the prices for some of the lower-priced versions of the Ford F-150 Lightning will decrease by nearly $10,000. Additionally, prices for all versions of the truck, including the high-end Platinum trim, will see a reduction of at least $6,000 compared to the levels set in March.
Since its debut in 2021, Ford had previously increased the prices of the Ford F-150 Lightning multiple times. These price hikes were attributed to supply constraints and significant increases in the prices of minerals used in the batteries of the electric truck.
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In response to these challenges, Ford has been actively working to boost the production of the Ford F-150 Lightning in recent months. The company has implemented upgrades in its factories, which are projected to triple the truck’s output. These upgrades are expected to be completed and operational by the fall.
Ford announced on Monday that the Dearborn factory in Michigan, responsible for manufacturing the Ford F-150 Lightning, will be temporarily closed for several weeks to implement production upgrades.
The company’s CEO, Jim Farley, has made increasing production of the Ford F-150 Lightning and other Ford electric vehicles (EVs) a key priority for this year. However, the effort to ramp up production has faced challenges. In the second quarter, Ford managed to sell only 4,466 units of the Lightning. The production was hampered by a fire incident in a recently completed truck that occurred in February. As a result of this incident, production had to be halted for five weeks.
Despite the setback, Ford remains committed to improving production capabilities and expects the upgrades to enhance the Lightning’s output once the factory reopens after the scheduled closure for the improvements.
When the Ford F-150 Lightning made its debut in 2021, the least expensive version, the work-truck Pro trim, was priced at approximately $40,000. However, due to various factors, the price was increased multiple times, reaching around $60,000 by March.
With the recent price cuts announced on Monday, the entry-level Pro trim of the Ford F-150 Lightning will now have a reduced sticker price of approximately $50,000, making it more affordable for customers.
As for the most expensive version, the extended-range Platinum trim, its starting price has been lowered to about $92,000 from the previous price of just over $98,000.
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These price adjustments are part of Ford’s efforts to improve production and lower costs for battery minerals, ultimately making the electric pickup more accessible to a wider range of consumers.
Ford is set to announce its second-quarter earnings after the closing of the U.S. markets on July 27th. This report will provide insights into the company’s financial performance and business results for the three-month period from April to June 2023. Investors, analysts, and the general public will be eagerly awaiting the release to assess Ford’s performance during that quarter.
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