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The electric era is here, and Ford is in the midst of implementing an ambitious, comprehensive plan to make the transition to an electric lifestyle – or commercial fleet, for that matter – easy.
Ford is investing more than $50 billion in electric vehicles globally through 2026 to develop breakthrough EVs. The company plans to manufacture them at scale at a run rate of 600,000 electric vehicles globally by late 2023 and 2 million by 2026. Ford, as of summer 2022, had already secured 100% of the annual battery cell capacity needed to support the 2023 target and 70% needed to support the 2026 target.
The company started by electrifying its most iconic products – the Mustang, F-150 and Transit – which quickly helped elevate Ford to the No. 2 EV brand in the U.S. in 2022. In addition to offering zero-emissions versions of its most popular vehicles, the company is harnessing electrification to deliver more of what customers love about them: performance, capability and productivity.
A key part of Ford’s goal to drive the adoption of electric vehicles is to target the large market for fully electric commercial vans and pickups. Ford is planning to bring the benefits of electric vehicles to these customers with an accessible price point, improved productivity, and lower cost of ownership.
Along with a variety of home charging solutions, the Ford BlueOval Charge Network is North America’s largest public charging network†, with more than 75,000 chargers. Built-in charging solutions, such as cloud-connected navigation, route customers to nearby charging stations, recommend where to charge on trips and provide easy access and payment via FordPass for a seamless customer experience.
And with more than 2,700 EV-certified dealers across all 50 states – plus 644 EV-certified commercial vehicle centers – Ford stands ready to serve customers and help people transition to electric vehicle ownership.
Ford has electric vehicle manufacturing footprints across the world. This includes four plants in North America, including as the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan and BlueOval City, an automotive manufacturing ecosystem in Tennessee, and two BlueOval SK battery plants in Kentucky, creating a total of 11,000 new American jobs. These facilities will reimagine how electric vehicles and batteries are designed, built and recycled – all Built for America.
This electrification strategy is a core component of Ford’s goal to achieving carbon neutrality globally by 2050. Ford is the only full line U.S. automaker committed to doing its part to reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and working with California for stronger vehicle greenhouse gas standards.
Additionally, Ford is investing significantly to accelerate research and development of battery and battery cell technology. The company announced the establishment of the Ford Ion Park global battery center in southeast Michigan, where it will use state-of-the-art equipment to pilot new manufacturing techniques that will allow Ford to quickly scale breakthrough battery cell designs with novel materials once the company vertically integrates battery cells and batteries.
Ford also increased its investment in Solid Power, an industry-leading producer of all-solid-state batteries for electric vehicles. These batteries show great promise and are designed to power longer range, lower cost and safer electric vehicles using existing lithium-ion battery manufacturing infrastructure.
*Based on total U.S. reported sales (2021CY).
**Based on 1977-2021 CY total sales.
†Based on original equipment manufacturers (OEM)/automotive manufacturers that sell all-electric vehicles and have publicly announced charging networks. Department of Energy data used. FordPass, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.
Knowledge is Power: The Facts and Figures of Towing with the Electric Ford F-150® Lightning®
For a truck to earn BUILT FORD TOUGH™ status, it must be durable, be able to haul, and yes, it’s got to be able to tow. For customers considering an electric truck, F-150 Lightning checks all three boxes – without any tailpipe emissions.
When it comes to towing specifically, more than half of F-150 Lightning customers have signaled their towing intent by selecting the available Max Trailer Tow Package. The package allows for an available maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds for special configurations to go along with 775 lb.-ft. of nearly instant electric torque.
The numbers speak for themselves, but the experience of towing with gas trucks or F-150 Lightning comes with a few undeniable facts:
So what does this mean for a customer? Well, if you’ve driven gas-powered trucks for years, towing with F-150 Lightning should feel a bit different as power delivered by dual electric motors provides a smooth and consistent experience with maximum torque available off the line.
You’ll also have to recharge more often than you would refuel. The energy density of fuel allows an F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid to achieve up to 704 miles of EPA-estimated range, compared to the top EPA-estimated range of F-150 Lightning, which is 320 miles.
And – at least right now – there are approximately three times as many gas stations as electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S.
For commercial customers, this is an important consideration for job sites in rural areas or for extreme use cases when getting the job done.
“The F-150 Lightning is an ideal companion for many F-150 customers and businesses who want to tow. For customers towing longer distances with payloads nearing the max, Ford has you covered with models like the F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid,” said Darren Palmer, VP, battery electric vehicle programs, Ford Model e. “Your power. Your choice.”
The F-150 Lightning can tow, even cross country. For customers who choose the benefits of an electric truck over trip speed, like Mark Eakin, an F-150 Lightning owner and retired oceanographer, a towing trip from Maryland to California is achievable.
“As a scientist, I understand that there will be an effect on range because of various factors and wind was a particularly important one during my journey,” he said. “Planning in advance helps and the Ford technology is a big enabler in the planning.”
The technology Eakin mentions starts with Intelligent Range, which collects vehicle data like speed, ambient temperature, available battery energy, driver habits, climate control use and route topography to determine how much electrical energy drivers use in real time. The system also uses cloud computing to gauge energy use from other similar types of Ford electric vehicles operating in similar situations, resulting in more accurate vehicle range calculations over time.
Helpful Ford technology also works seamlessly with public charging stations. For commercial customers, Ford Pro offers end-to-end charging solutions and experts to help customers understand if F-150 Lightning is right for their needs, including extreme use cases.
“Customers don’t need to worry about estimating range with all the different factors in play, because our intuitive Ford technologies do that for them, and suggest the best options for charging along their route,” Palmer said. “Once at a charger, available Plug and Charge means a customer can plug in, while the truck manages charger authentication and integrated payment.”
The Difference Between LFP and NCM Batteries – And Why It Matters
In the world of electric vehicles, there are two main types of batteries used to power their performance: nickel cobalt manganese (NCM) and lithium iron phosphate (LFP). Ford is planning to assemble both kinds of batteries in the U.S. and will offer customers a second battery technology as they shop for an EV.*
That’s a big deal because adding another battery chemistry to Ford’s EV lineup means the company can scale production more quickly while also making its vehicles more accessible for customers.
But what does it mean for your electric vehicle’s performance – and how do you know which battery is best for you?
Offering both chemistries allows Ford customers to choose an electric vehicle with unique battery performance characteristics that are most aligned with their needs.
So where and when will you see these batteries deployed across the Ford EV lineup? Starting in the second half of 2023, Ford will be introducing its standard range Mustang® Mach-E® vehicles powered by LFP batteries. These vehicles even bring some performance enhancements: The eAWD configuration of the Mustang Mach-E SUV will gain an increased 45 horsepower, while targeted EPA range estimates for standard range RWD configurations increase from 247 miles to 250 miles and standard range eAWD configurations rise from 224 miles to 226 miles.**
In 2024, LFP batteries will also be introduced to the F-150® Lightning® truck, and Ford will continue to integrate the batteries into a variety of affordable, next-generation EV passenger vehicles and trucks under development, most of which will be assembled in the U.S.* The combination of LFP and NCM batteries will help Ford deliver an annual run rate of 600,000 electric vehicles globally by the end of this year and 2 million globally by the end of 2026.
*Assembled in the USA with domestic and foreign parts.
**Based on full charge. USA EPA-targeted range based on analytical projection consistent with US EPA
combined drive cycle. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.
Tips to help maximize the range of your F-150 Lightning in cold weather during its first winter
The Ford F-150® Lightning™ pickup has been tested in extreme cold conditions. It endured months of real-world winter driving in Alaska and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Its battery has been subjected to temperatures as high as 140°F to as low as minus 40°F in Ford’s atmospheric test chambers. However, all-electric vehicles experience energy decreases in cold temperatures due to battery cell chemistry. Temperatures below 40°F cause the electrolyte fluid to become sluggish, limiting how much power is available to discharge and how quickly the vehicle’s battery can charge. As F-150 Lightning customers across the United States and Canada begin their first winter with their new electric pickup, Ford wants to help make them aware that in low temperatures they could see a significant reduction in range, which is normal.
To help maximize your F-150 Lightning range in winter, here are some tips below:
1. Park your F-150 Lightning in a garage whenever possible.
2. Keep your F-150 Lightning plugged in when parked.
3. If planning a longer commute, precondition your vehicle using departure times to warm the battery while plugged-in by using the FordPass app or your trucks center screen.
4. If equipped, use the heated seats and steering wheel as primary heat to reduce energy consumed by HVAC.
5. When charging, turn off the heater if possible, or lower the temperature enough to remain comfortable. (Especially when using DCFC)
6. If your F-150 Lightning is covered with snow, brush all the snow off before driving to eliminate extra weight and drag.
7. Keep driving speeds moderate in cold temperature as high speeds use more energy.
8. Ensure your tires are at the proper pressure.