Base F-150 Lightning electric pickup will cost less than $50,000 as Ford slashes prices across line
The sticker price on Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup is being lowered by thousands of dollars, the company said Monday, due to increased plant capacity, falling costs for battery raw materials and internal efforts to scale production by the Detroit automaker.
Chip shortage forces Ford to build trucks without computers
A global semiconductor shortage and a February 2021 winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DETROIT – A global semiconductor shortage and a February winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers. The move is the latest ripple from the global semiconductor shortage, which earlier this week forced Honda and Toyota to announce production cuts at some North American factories. General Motors also has been forced to build pickups without some computers and install them later. AdAutomakers have said they don't expect the chip shortage to get any better before the third quarter of the year.
Ford to cut back F-150 production due to chip shortage
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it will cut shifts at two of its U.S. manufacturing plants next week, due to the worldwide chip shortage that has also impacted other automakers. Starting Monday, Ford will cut two shifts at its Dearborn, Michigan, facility, going down to one shift per day. AdFord isn't alone in cutting back production due to the shortage of chips needed to produce cars. General Motors will have downtime at three of its factories — one in the U.S, one in Canada and one in Mexico — due to the chip shortage, starting Feb. 8. Other automakers like Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota have also been impacted by the chip shortage.
LIVE REVEAL: Ford to debut 2021 F-150 Raptor pickup truck
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 09: Ford Ranger Raptor performance pick-up truck on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Ford Raptor is the name used by the high-performance variants of the Ford F-150 and Ford Ranger pick up trucks. (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)Ford is set to unveil its 2021 F-150 Raptor pickup truck on Wednesday during a live streaming event. The live reveal is scheduled for 11 a.m. -- you can watch it in the video player below:“In 2009, we revealed an off-road icon when we introduced the racing-inspired F-150 Raptor. On February 3, we’ll evolve that icon again, unleashing our ultimate high-performance, off-road pickup: the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor.”
US probes complaints that Ford tailgate recall didn’t work
FILE - This Feb. 14, 2019 file photo shows the Ford logo on the front grill of a 2019 Ford Explorer on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Ford pickup truck tailgate recall didn’t fix the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 11 complaints that a recall of power tailgates on 300,000 Super Duty pickups failed to rectify the issue. The agency says it also has received reports from Ford about unintended tailgate openings after the recall repairs were made. Ford recalled the F-250, F-350 and F-450 trucks in 2019 because the power tailgates could open while being driven.
Ford announces plan to build $700 million electric truck factory in Dearborn
DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company unveiled a plan Thursday to create 300 jobs and build a $700 million electric truck plant at Dearborn’s Rouge complex. The new Ford F-150 is expected to fund the electric F-150 and the plant where they build it, and a new plant is just what the Michigan economy ordered. “Today, I’m pleased to announce the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, which is under construction,” Ford Executive Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. said. Guidehouse insights auto analyst Sam Abuelsamid said the electric F-150 comes with another huge difference. “The electric F-150 will have 40% lower total costs of ownership over its lifespan, and that includes when you factor in the price of the vehicle service and fuel,” Abuelsamid said.
Ford to build electric truck center in Dearborn, add 300 jobs
DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck. The new plant -- called the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center -- is being built at the Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November. This short video shows an animation of the center construction:“We are proud today to announce for our Ford UAW members and our nation that Ford is building this new plant to assemble the truck of the future -- a battery electric Ford F-150," reads a statement from United Auto Workers (UAW) Ford Vice President Gerald Kariem. Ford says the new electric truck will go on sale in mid-2022. Here’s some bonus video from Ford showing the all-electric F-150 prototype testing:
Video shows Rouge Electric Vehicle Center construction animation
Video shows Rouge Electric Vehicle Center construction animationPublished: September 17, 2020, 11:27 amThe new plant -- called the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center -- is being built at the Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November.
Local 4 News at Noon -- Sept. 17, 2020
DETROIT – Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at Noon (watch the episode above). Ford to build electric truck center in Dearborn, add 300 jobsFord says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck. The new plant -- called the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center -- is being built at the Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November.
Ford to resume full production Monday -- two weeks earlier than planned
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. Ford Motor Company announced it will return to full production Monday, which is two weeks earlier than planned. Its been more than three months since Ford has operated at full capacity. That process appears to be moving along as Ford brings back laid off third-shift employees at several plants. Dealers are screaming for vehicles, especially trucks and sport utility vehicles, Krebs said. Earlier this week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said she expected GM to be at full manufacturing capacity by the end of the month.
Ford recalls more than 200K F-150 trucks for headlamp issue
DETROIT – Ford has issued three separate recalls involving F-150 trucks, with the biggest related to a headlamp issue. Here’s the info from Ford Motor Company:Safety compliance recall for select 2018-20 Ford F-150 vehicles with LED headlampsFord is issuing a safety compliance recall for select 2018-20 Ford F-150 vehicles with LED headlamps. Safety recall for select 2015-16 Ford F-150 vehicles for engine block heater cableFord is issuing a safety recall for select 2015-16 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with engine heater elements and 3.5-liter GTDI engines. Dealers will inspect the block heater and cable and repair or replace as necessary. Safety recall for select 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty and 2021 Ford E-Series vehiclesFord Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for select 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty and 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles.
Ford recalls 550K vehicles for seat strength problem
William Walker via CNNDETROIT - Ford is recalling more than 550,000 trucks and SUVs in North America because seat backs may not properly restrain people in a crash. The recall covers certain 2018 through 2020 F-150 pickups, 2019 and 2020 Super Duty trucks, 2018 and 2019 Explorer SUVs, and 2019 and 2020 Expedition SUVs. Also included are some 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs with rear seats with manual seat-back mechanisms. Ford says the trucks may not have a third pawl needed for seat strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Dealers will inspect seat structures and replace them if needed.