Much like most automakers, Ford has been facing its share of production challenges with supply chain constraints and other issues.
So, it should come as no surprise that Ford is looking to ramp up production slowly to 200,000 units per year by 2023.
However, we now know precisely where Ford is regarding their ramp-up.
Lisa Drake, Vice President of EV industrialization, Ford Model e, revealed the number in an update and answer session.
You know in our Cuautitlan facility today where we make the Mach-E? We make about 2,000 Mach-E’s a week. Demand clearly exceeds that and when we change over our plant next year we will accelerate very quickly to about 4,000 per week. There’s not a lot of underutilized capacity on our way to 600,000.
However, at the end of the day, 2,000 a week will not be breaking down any doors regarding EV production.
However, the company does have plans to improve their EV production lines, and speed up processes.
In addition, the ramp-up plans include switching the Mach-E and Ford F-150 Lightning to lithium-iron-phosphate batteries.
In comparison, Tesla at Giga Shanghai is aiming for 2,000 Model Y’s produced per day or 14,000 Model Y’s per week.
At least to say, Ford has to considerably ramp up their production rate to come close to competing with the leader in EV production.