Ford just isn’t entering into electrical pickup vehicles to construct just some of them – Darren Palmer interview

Electrek sat down with Darren Palmer, head of battery-electric autos at Ford, to debate the automaker’s launch of the F-150 Lightning and the corporate’s broader electrical ambitions.

After Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning this week, the EV neighborhood was for essentially the most half impressed by the specs and the worth level that the automaker introduced.

The efficiency are comparable or higher than Ford’s finest gas-powered pickup vehicles.

On the electrical facet, with a beginning worth underneath $40,000 for a base model with 230 miles (370 km) of vary and an prolonged vary possibility with 300 miles (480 km) of vary, it’s exhausting to complain.

Some will after all, however for essentially the most half, the EV neighborhood appears to agree that Ford may promote as many F-150 Lightning pickup vehicles as they’ll produce.

That’s why once we sat down with Darren Palmer, head of battery-electric autos at Ford, our first query was about bringing the electrical pickup to quantity manufacturing.

Palmer stated that Ford just isn’t sharing deliberate manufacturing capability, however he made it clear that they’re aiming for quantity manufacturing of the electrical truck:

“I believe you may see we’re not on this to construct a few vehicles and the power that you just noticed President Biden go to this week, the place the truck goes to be constructed, is important. We additionally must get the batteries to do that. We’re doing that and you’ll see extra about that on the capital market day subsequent Wednesday, however once more, we’re not on this for a few vehicles.”

Ford hasn’t confirmed the battery pack capability of the truck but, however each choices are undoubtedly over 100 kWh.

The corporate is properly conscious that in the event that they plan to supply the F-150 Lightning in quantity, it’ll want a number of battery cells.

A provide partnership with SK Innovation was secured early on to produce the cells for the electrical F-150 and Ford took it a step additional this week with a joint-venture with SK to deploy one other 60 GWh of battery cell manufacturing capability within the US.

In our interview, Palmer hinted at extra bulletins on the battery entrance throughout an occasion approaching Wednesday.

You may watch our full interview with Darren Palmer on Youtube or the audio model on the Electrek Podcast (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Castro, and RSS):

Palmer additionally made some extent that Ford depends closely on buyer suggestions within the improvement of its autos and the F-150 Lightning is not any exception.

It begins with business clients who require dependable autos on the proper worth level and retail customers profit from that whereas Ford additionally listens to them for all of the options and niceties that you just’d anticipate in a client automobile.

Subsequently, with the F-150 Lightning, Ford made positive that truck consumers would get all of the capability and options they’re used to plus all some great benefits of electrical autos.

A kind of options that Ford is betting on is Car-to-Load, which allows F-150 Lightning house owners to energy their residence, a job web site, or nearly something utilizing the truck’s battery pack.

Palmer additionally defined that Ford is attempting to not overwhelm consumers with electrification and it’s attempting to simplify the method of going electrical.

For instance, with the prolonged vary model, Ford is offering an 80-amp charger that allows charging the big battery of the truck in a single day.

The corporate can also be not releasing all of the nitty-gritty particulars of the truck’s electrical powertrain, just like the kWh capability of the battery pack, which Palmer believes most individuals don’t actually perceive, however he did say that Ford will launch all the main points, together with usable and full battery pack capability, forward of manufacturing subsequent 12 months.

We anticipate Ford to share extra particulars and spotlight extra options of the F-150 Lightning over the subsequent 12 months – main as much as the beginning of manufacturing in mid-2022.

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