Posted 6/14/24

Slowing demand for Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck is delaying the start of full production at the company’s new West Tennessee factory and pushing vehicle deliveries to dealers until early 2026.

When Ford made the BlueOval City announcement in 2021, the Michigan automaker said it would start production in 2025. While hiring and work will begin next year, the first electric pickup trucks aren’t expected to be delivered to dealers until 2026.

Early this year, Ford announced the demand for electric vehicles had softened, forcing it to change some of its plans and delay the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck until 2026.

This will, in turn slow the production for Magna stamping and assembly facility in Lawrenceburg. Magna’s BlueOval plants will supply Ford with battery enclosures, truck frames, and seats.