Ford Stories October 18

Ford has just successfully rolled the first models of its Mustang Mach-E off its assembly line in China, ahead of deliveries to local customers later this year. The new EVs will be sold in China through Ford’s direct sales network and will be manufactured at Changan Ford’s manufacturing plant in Chongqing.

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Ford has announced that its vehicle transmission facility at Halewood in the UK will be transformed to build electric power units for future Ford passenger and commercial EVs in Europe. The £230 million (~$315 million) investment will see a complete revamp to the facility, which is scheduled to begin EV component production in 2024. When complete, the Halewood site will be the first producing EV components for Ford in Europe.

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Ford Stories October 15

As electric vehicles look to gain an even larger portion of the automobile market in 2021, consumers will look at a number of factors as they choose to go electric. One major specification on any EV data sheet is the estimated range i.e. the amount of miles your new vehicle can travel on a single charge. Naturally, you’re going to want the most battery for your buck. Below is a list of the current EV options for 2021 sorted by longest range.

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Ford Stories October 11

I recently got the opportunity to experience the upcoming GT versions of Ford’s Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. This included extensive rides with the Mach-E GT and GT Performance, as well as a couple of laps around an autocross track – plenty of time to test out the performance and unique features the new GT has to offer, as showcased in a video below.

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Ford Stories September 29

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is going to come with more usable battery capacity, resulting in a longer range, according to the new order guide.

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Ford Stories September 27

Ford made a massive announcement today about accelerating electric vehicle production with a giant new factory to produce electric pickup trucks in Tennessee and three new battery gigafactories.

The massive new project is called ‘Blue Oval City’.

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Ford Stories September 24

Ford Mustang Mach-E, or rather the ‘Ford Pro all-electric police pilot vehicle’ based on the Mach-e, has passed the Michigan State Police test. It became the first all-electric vehicle to do so.

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Ford Stories September 22

Ford and Redwood Materials, a battery recycling and material supply company founded by Tesla cofounder JB Straubel, announced that they are partnering on battery supply and recycling.

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Ford Stories September 21

Ford has issued a recall of 5,000 Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs in Canada over a risk of the glass roof and windshield potentially coming loose and falling off.

Ironically, the automaker mocked Tesla for the same problem just a year ago.

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Ford Stories September 16

Ford announced that it started pre-production of the F-150 Lightning as the race to bring electric pickup trucks to market heats up.

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Ford Stories September 2

Ford confirmed that the F150 Lightning, its new electric pickup truck, has now accumulated 130,000 reservations.

Do you think this is an indication of strong demand or not?

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Ford Stories August 31

As we sit in the midst of 2021, electric vehicles remain a major storyline. Even long-established, legacy automakers (some with over 100 years of experience) have finally wisened up and pivoted toward EVs to remain competitive. In the next couple years, three major automotive brands, old and new, will release three highly anticipated electric trucks. This includes the Tesla Cybertruck, the Ford F-150 Lightning, and GMC’s modern spin on a gas-guzzling behemoth with the Hummer EV.

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Ford Stories August 23

Ford is planning to double production of their upcoming F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, according to Reuters. The move comes in response to strong early demand, with Ford already racking up 120,000 customer reservations for the vehicle in advance of its spring 2022 release.

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Ford Stories August 20

We’re now getting word that the first Ford Mustang Mach-e GT deliveries are happening. A Rapid Red GT Performance customer showed off his two-week early score in Iowa today. Are more on the way?

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Ford Stories August 11

Ford has shared test-drive footage of its Mustang Mach-E facing extreme weather conditions with a newly hired driver, a robot. The footage comes from Ford’s state-of-the-art Weather Factory in Germany and shows the new robots performing driving test simulations under extreme heat and high altitude, many of which human drivers cannot easily manage.

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Ford Stories August 10

Ford has sent out an email to future Mach-E owners warning of a six-week delay in delivery times for orders produced or scheduled between July 5 and October 1. To compensate affected customers, Ford will provide an additional 250kWh (about 700 miles) worth of complimentary charging to affected owners.

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Ford Stories August 5

Ford, GM, and Stellantis, also known as the Detroit Big Three, announced today a joint goal for electric vehicles to achieve 40% to 50% of their sales in the US by 2030.

Who is going to buy the other 50% of their cars?

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Ford Stories July 15

That’s not a joke headline. You are not on the Onion. Ford surveyed drivers and found that most of them would “miss the smell of petrol” if they go electric.

The automaker then came up with a Mach-Eau (get it?) scent to help those drivers transition to electric vehicles.

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Ford Stories July 2

Ford’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E continues to grow its sales for 2021. In the legacy automaker’s June report, the Mach-E saw a 27% increase in sales compared to May. Ford has boasted increased EV numbers all around, but the all-electric Mustang tells a bigger story of its current EV sales status.

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Ford Stories June 23

The upcoming Mustang Mach-E GT

Ford’s performance SUV EV has a very large battery at 88 kWh. But with those bigger motors and sporty tires, will the Mustang Mach-E GT and Mach-E Performance retain its ability to go on long drives?

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Ford Stories June 18

We’ve not seen excitement over an EV quite like the fervor over the F-150 Lightning – and for good reason. The F-150 package combined with the ability to use the huge battery power to power a worksite or back up a home combined with the speed and power of EVs is a tantalizing cocktail.

But potential customers have only been treated so far with base prices and spec packages. Ford this week, however, gave a better idea of what the different packages might contain and, more importantly, some price points.

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Ford Stories June 8

Ford is hinting at a cheaper and smaller electric pickup truck based on the new Ford Maverick and using the automaker’s new electric platform.

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Ford Stories June 4

Ford is already producing more Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles than gas-powered versions of the Mustang. That’s just months after the first Mach-E rolled off the assembly line in Mexico.

While it is technically an important milestone, it might not stay that way as the chip shortage and Ford’s priorities are likely having an impact.

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Ford Stories May 28

The Ford F-150 Lightning might have a longer range than expected and could even present a new way of advertising range in electric trucks.

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Ford Stories May 26

Ford has confirmed upcoming electric vehicles based on its new EV platform, including an electric Explorer and a Lincoln version based on the same electric SUV.

The automaker is even hinting at an electric Bronco.

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Ford has announced today an update to its electrification plan with a new goal of 40% of its sales being all-electric by 2030.

While we like the acceleration, we think the automaker, like many others, is going to have to revise the goal soon.

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Ford Stories May 22

Electrek sat down with Darren Palmer, head of battery-electric vehicles at Ford, to discuss the automaker’s launch of the F-150 Lightning and the company’s broader electric ambitions.

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Ford Stories May 21

Ford confirmed that it has received more than 44,000 reservations for the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.

It’s tracking a bit behind the Tesla Cybertruck, but it’s still doing good.

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Ford Stories May 20

Ford announced that it is getting into battery manufacturing by committing to a 60 GWh factory in the US as part of a joint venture with Korea’s SK Innovation.

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Ford Stories May 19

US President Joe Biden wasn’t the only person to experience the Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck firsthand this week.

On Friday we got our first in-person look at the Ford F-150 Lightning full-sized electric truck, and it was something pretty special. This is the US’s best-selling vehicle of any kind, but electrified and better in almost every way.

While we can’t yet comment on the experience of the drive, we can comment on the specs, which are pretty spectacular. Read on about the most torque ever in an F-150, 300 miles of range, home/worksite power, and why the “lightning” moniker isn’t just about electricity, it’s about supercar quickness.

(Update: CEO Jim Farley said Ford got over 20,000 reservations overnight, 44,500 in the 1st 48 hours)

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Ford Stories May 18

We now have a first look at the Ford F150 Lightning leaks ahead of the unveiling this week, thanks to US President Joe Biden, who test drove the electric pickup truck.

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US President Joe Biden is making the case for his electric vehicle plan today during a visit to a Ford Motor electric vehicle plant in Dearborn, Michigan, this afternoon. It’s ahead of Ford’s big reveal on Wednesday of the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck. He is also likely to make note of the fact that United Auto Workers will build the F-150 Lightning.

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Ford Stories May 13

Ford is bringing a software update to its vehicles, starting with the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover and F150 pickup.

The automaker is using its new over-the-air software capacity to follow Tesla into in-car gaming and add Amazon Alexa integration.

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Ford Stories May 11

Ford CEO Jim Farley is talking about a possible electric Bronco in a strange tweet that made it sound like it was already available.

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Ford Stories May 10

Ford announced today the name of the electric F150 pickup, which will be “Lightning,” and an unveiling date set for next week.

Along with the name, the automaker also released a teaser image.

Note, we’re hoping to have a Ford guest on the Electrek podcast on Friday.

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Ford Stories May 4

Ford today announced the MSRP price range of the E-Transit, the automaker’s new commercial electric van.

It starts at $43,295 and goes up to $52,690.

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Ford Stories May 3

BMW and Ford are ramping up investment in solid-state batteries with a new $130 million financing round in Solid Power.

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Ford Stories April 27

Ford has announced new investments into battery research and development under a new team called “Ford Ion Park” that could lead to new battery production.

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Ford Stories April 26

Ford has set a price for its highest-performance versions of the Mach-E — the GT and GT Performance editions. The GT got a $600 price drop from $60,500 to $59,900, and the GT Performance will be priced at $64,900.

Ford will start taking orders for the vehicles on Wednesday, April 28. Customers can order online or through a Ford EV-certified dealer.

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Ford Stories April 14

Ford is today unveiling BlueCruise, a hands-free highway driving system, which it describes as “similar to Tesla Autopilot.”

The new system is going to be pushed as an optional over-the-air software update to Ford Mustang Mach-E owners.

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Ford Stories March 21

An official Ford spokesperson called Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ package ‘vaporware’ in a spat with a Tesla investor over the Mustang Mach-E.

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Ford Stories February 17

Ford announced today plans to invest $1 billion in transforming its Cologne, Germany, factory into its first electric vehicle factory and “center” in Europe.

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Ford Stories February 12

As the world enters 2021 with a cautious optimism, its global markets are still feeling many of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic that have yet to be eradicated. Many people have pivoted toward remote work. This has increased smartphone and laptop demand, leading to shortages of essential components like semiconductors. One industry that is beginning to experience the impact of these shortages is automakers. If semiconductor manufacturers can’t catch up, it could spell more delays for several major automotive companies.

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Ford Stories February 11

Ford’s plans for the F-150 electric pickup and and Volkswagen’s plans for the VW ID.4 are in jeopardy as their battery supplier is facing an import ban over intellectual property issues.

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Ford Stories February 5

When we were invited to Ford’s campus in 2019 to check out what we’d learn was the new Mustang Mach-E, we were told we were witnessing the future of the iconic 118-year-old American auto manufacturer. We soon learned that Ford wasn’t just messing around with another compliance EV, it was building a sport CUV and throwing their most prized emblem on it.

Fast forward to 2021. I got a chance to drive the Mach-E for a full week, and this wasn’t a Southern California summer jaunt, when most EV drives are scheduled. It was Nor’easter-plagued late January in New York, including a snowy road trip to Vermont. I currently drive a Tesla Model Y as a daily driver and have been driving EVs exclusively for a decade, so this Mustang isn’t my first rodeo.

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Ford Stories February 4

Ford announced today that it plans to almost double its electric vehicle investment to $22 billion through 2025 – raising the stakes in the race to electrification.

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Ford Stories January 25

Despite a lack of information, the Ford F150 Electric is leading Tesla Cybertruck on appeal with potential electric pickup buyers, according to an interesting new survey.

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Ford Stories January 15

Ford is delaying hundreds of Mustang Mach-E deliveries in order to do “additional quality checks” after delivering a handful of vehicles last year.

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