2025 Ford F-150 : Riding in Ford’s First Electric Pickup

2025 Ford F-150 Lightning  – Already, news about the second-generation Ford F-150 Lightning has begun to leak in, even before the first-ever electric F-150 can go to customers. According to Reuters Ford intends to produce 160,000 units per year of the 2025 Ford F-150 Lightning. According to this report, it will be launched in the second half of 2025.

2025 Ford F-150 Lightning Review
2025 Ford F-150 Lightning Review

2025 Ford F-150 Lightning Review

Ford has received nearly 200,000 reservations for the F-150 Lightning. This excludes commercial sales and fleet sales through Ford Pro. Ford has increased its F-150 Lightning production target, but there is more demand than supply. Ford intends to build 15,000 F-150 Lightnings between 2022 and 2023, 55,000 2023, and 80,000 2024. The Blue Oval will then shift to the electric-only TE1 platform, which will become the foundation of the 2025 Ford F-150 Lightning. Ford should build more F-150 electric trucks because of the high demand. The shortage of semiconductor chips would make ramp-up difficult and take at most one year. There are still potential buyers who have concerns about the F-150 Lightning. They would get the 2025 model that was built on the TE1 platform.

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Ford will launch two platforms that are exclusively for electric cars. The F-150 electric is built on a modified F-150 chassis. The smaller GE2 platform will be used to produce cars and crossovers. This includes a second-generation Mustang Mach-E. The truck size TE1 is large enough to accommodate the 2025 Ford F-150 Lightning, and possibly the Ford Ranger EV. However, the GE2 will not be available until mid-2023. Ford Bronco EV is almost confirmed by Ford. Electric “two- and three-row SUVs” for families around the world like the Ford Explorer (EV) and Lincoln Aviator EV will also be available on this RWD/AWD EEV platform.

Thai-Tang said that although Ford will still source batteries from suppliers like SK Innovation or LG Chem, the brand will have enough North American volumes in 2025 to justify its own facility. With its TE1 platform harmonizing systems/components, multiple Ford/Lincoln electric vehicles could use the same battery size, which will ease Ford into manufacturing/assembling its own cells.

2025 Ford F-150 Lightning Specs
2025 Ford F-150 Lightning Specs

James Farley Jr., Ford President, and CEO suggested that F-150 Lightning will play a major role in pickup truck sales. Automotive News asked Farley Jr. if Ford will need new assembly plants beyond Blue Oval City. Ford just announced a new plant that will build a vehicle that is not available on its full-size pickup platform. This model would have an “incredibly high volume”. Farley Jr. probably meant the next-gen F-150 Lightning, which Ford would develop as an electric vehicle right from the start. Because the EV is more mature over the years, production will likely be larger than the current model. Blue Oval City, a campus for vehicle assembly and battery manufacturing, will be situated on 3,600 acres in Tennessee. Ford announced the announcement on September 27, 2021. The Tennessee government also announced that Blue Oval City would be built at the Memphis Regional Megasite in order to produce next-generation F-Series trucks. Production will begin there in 2025.

2025 Ford F-150 Lightning Release Date & Price

Ford Ion Park was officially announced by Ford on April 27, 2021. The new facility will be used to research, develop and possibly produce battery technology. This new facility will be situated at the same site as the 200,000-square-foot learning laboratory that is used for the development, testing, and production of vehicle batteries and cell arrays. Ford Ion Park created the batteries for the next-generation Ford F-150 Lightning. Ford announced it would build the Ford Ion Park in Romulus, Michigan’s Wayne County, on July 27, 2021. The USD 100 million investment will exceed half of the USD 185 million Ford has committed to developing, testing, and building battery cells. Blue Oval will renovate the facility covering 270,000 square feet to accommodate up to 200 engineers. It will be equipped with pilot-scale equipment for supporting electrodes, cell array, and production innovation. It will also open its “new collaborative laboratory for learning” in 2022.

Farley Jr. announced Ford’s ‘IonBoost’ lithium-ion battery. It is made of specially designed pouch cells with a unique chemistry. Farley Jr. spoke on the 2021 Capital Markets Day, May 26, 2021. These batteries will work with larger vehicles, such as trucks or SUVs, and will include Ford’s battery control algorithm. Thai-Tang also announced that Ford’s next-generation battery technology would be called “IonBoost+” during the event. He stated that IonBoost+ is the most energy-dense type of cell. boost uses NMC cathode chemicals, where Nickel is 88%. Although IonBoost+ and IonBoost+ may be confused, the official name is IonBoost+. Ford’s proprietary algorithm to control the battery using high-accuracy sensing technology and IonBoost+ chemistry provides greater efficiency and range for customers. It is ideal for larger vehicles or performance products because of its pouch cell design.

Ford will also invest heavily in solid-state technology. They anticipate production-feasible solid-state batteries will be available in the next decade. Ford announced on May 3, 2021, that Solid Power would receive further investment to help accelerate the development of solid-state technology. This was made possible by a Series B investment of USD 130 million. The Blue Oval now has equal equity in BMW Group. Solid Power will have representatives from both companies. Ted Miller, Ford’s manager of electrification and power supply research, stated that Ford can increase range, cargo volume, and interior space as well as lower costs in order to provide a greater value to customers. Solid Power will supply 100 Ah full-scale batteries to the company for future electric vehicle development and testing. This is expected to begin in 2022. Solid Power has also agreed to test and co-develop the battery cell design. Thai-Tang said that Solid Power’s solid electrolyte chemistry based on sulfide and silicon can be used to produce batteries using the same manufacturing process as existing lithium-ion batteries. The Blue Oval will have the ability to reuse 70% of its capital investment for Lithium-ion manufacturing line lines.

2025 Ford F-150 Lightning Price
2025 Ford F-150 Lightning Price

Ford is optimistic about electrification and has plans to launch a massive xEV assault. Ford intends to invest more than USD 30 billion in electrification. In 2030, 40% of global vehicle sales are expected to be electric. The Blue Oval will launch multiple EVs from Ford and Lincoln brands including a Bronco EV, Explorer EV, and a Bronco EV. Ranger EV is built on MEB platforms and Aviator Electric. A portion of the USD30 Billion investment will go towards developing new products, powertrains, and batteries in the country. In partnership with SK Innovation, the company will create BlueOvalSK Battery Park (central Kentucky). It will include two battery plants. To build Blue Oval City in Tennessee, the company will also work with a South Korean battery manufacturer. The facility will produce batteries for the company’s electrified vehicles.