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Ford looks to boost gas-powered F-150 production, sticks to targets for EV version

Staff put engines on the body as Ford Motor Co. gasoline powered F-150 vehicles below manufacturing at their Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan on September 20, 2022.

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Ford Motor Co on Friday mentioned it was learning methods to spice up output of gasoline-powered and hybrid F-150 vehicles at a Michigan manufacturing facility as a part of a broader plan to spice up manufacturing of a number of fashions.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker mentioned it’s rising manufacturing by greater than 80,000 autos for its Bronco Sport and Maverick this yr, up from 225,000 in 2022.

The automaker reiterated that it’s nonetheless on monitor to triple F-150 Lightning EV manufacturing this yr, focusing on an annual manufacturing run fee of 150,000 by the tip of 2023. The automaker was pressured to halt manufacturing in early February after a battery fireplace, and plans to renew manufacturing on March 13.

Ford shares rose 3.6% in early buying and selling on Friday.

Ford’s U.S. F-150 gross sales fell 9.9% in 2022 to about 654,000, together with 15,617 F-150 EV vehicles, as the corporate struggled with manufacturing and provide chain issues.

Common Motors final month mentioned it might idle the Fort Wayne, Indiana, meeting plant that builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup vehicles for 2 weeks beginning March 27 to keep up “optimum stock ranges with our dealerships.”

GM, Ford and Chrysler father or mother Stellantis dominate the U.S. massive pickup market, and for the previous two years have been elevating costs on their vehicles to report ranges as supply-chain snags restricted manufacturing.

The U.S. Postal Service this week mentioned it might purchase 9,250 E-Transit supply autos from Ford beginning later this yr.

Ford started rising manufacturing of the Mustang Mach-E this week and plans to almost double its hourly manufacturing and convey its annual manufacturing run fee to a focused 210,000 items by the tip of 2023.