Ford has announced their plans to nearly double the production capacity of their highly anticipated F-150 Lightning pickup truck to approximately 150,000 units per year.

The move to double production follows the high demand of both Lightning reservations and the Mustang Mach-E SUV, which Ford has recently pledged to nearly triple production of to approximately 200,000 units per year by 2023. Combined, the automaker is expected to invest nearly $30 billion in electric vehicles through 2025, aiming to take the top spot of North American EV production.

Assembly of the electric F-150 will remain at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan; however, Ford has also recently come forth with plans to build its largest, most advanced production facility in Tennessee. There, the next generation of electric F-series pickups will be built.

According to Ford, the F-150 Lightning has just entered its final pre-build phase. After these final production-level mules have seen real-world testing, collectively accumulating 1 million miles, the F-150 Lightning will enter official production for both consumers and commercial buyers. Deliveries are expected to start this spring.

Beginning Thursday, the first group of F-150 Lightning reservation holders are expected to receive invites to convert their pre-orders into build orders. Previously, Ford had to close their reservations on the electric truck; in order to work through the list, they are implementing a “wave-by-wave” reservation process in which reservation holders will be invited to convert over the coming months. 

Those who do not receive invitations for model year 2022 will be able to order a future model year-- similar to what we’ve seen occur with the highly-demanded Ford Bronco SUV.

We’ll have more on the F-150 Lightning soon on MotorWeek!