F-Series (Ford)

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Sep 27, 2021

On September 23, Constellium SE announced that it will supply aluminium structural components for the recently introduced all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning that is expected to be available Spring 2022. The F-150 Lightning, and all F-Series pickup trucks, extensively use high-strength aluminium alloys. Constellium-supplied structural components for the F-150 Lightning include the windshield header, rocker, radiator support, and others.
Body structure components and Crash Management Systems are supplied from Constellium’s plant in Van Buren, Michigan, with Auto Body Sheet provided by Constellium’s Bowling Green, Kentucky facility. In addition to the F-150 Lightning, F-150 and Super Duty trucks, Constellium also currently supplies aluminium components and Auto Body Sheet for several Ford and Lincoln models.

Constellium press release    

Sep 17, 2021

On September 16, Ford Motor Co. announced the beginning of pre-production of its electric F-150 Lightning at the company’s new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.
To support the ramp-up of the new vehicle, Ford is investing an additional USD 250 million and adding 450 more direct jobs across three Michigan facilities to increase production capacity to 80,000 trucks a year, with most of those workers assembling the F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.
Workers at Rawsonville Components Plant will assemble the batteries and Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center will increase its capacity to supply electric motors and electric transaxles for the F-150 Lightning.
The F-150 Lightning, scheduled for launch in spring 2022, has a starting MSRP of USD 40,000 and targeted EPA-estimated driving range of 300 miles with the extended range battery.
Ford has taken more than 150,000 reservations for the trucks to date.

(Ford press release on September 16, 2021)

Sep 09, 2021

Ford will launch all-electric versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator in 2023 that will be built at the Cuautitlan Assembly Plant in Mexico, alongside the Mach-E, according to recent industry reports.
ICE-powered Explorer models will continue to be built at the Chicago Assembly Plant, which currently produces hybrid and plug-in hybrid (not sold in North America) versions of the Explorer.
The regular hybrid model utilizes Ford’s 3.3-liter Duratec gasoline engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 318 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque.
The Explorer PHEV pairs the automaker’s 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with an electric motor, generator, and 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery to produce 450 hp and 608 lb-ft of torque.
The Lincoln Aviator EV will be the brand’s very first battery-electric vehicle, which it previously said would be revealed in 2022 and based on flexible BEV architecture that is capable of being used for both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Lincoln Aviator’s plug-in hybrid Grand Touring model, built in Chicago on the CD6 platform shared with the Explorer, will next be refreshed along with the 2023 ICE-powered Aviator models.
The all-electric Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator EVs will be joining the all-electric F-150 Lightning that launches in spring 2022.
(multiple sources on September 7, 2021)

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