In the midst of a push to become the biggest maker of EVs by later in the decade, Ford intends to triple production of the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV by 2023.
The automaker is presently focusing on annual production of north of 200,000 units by that year, because of customer demand, Ford representative Mike Levine tweeted on Friday, adding that Ford intends to begin expanding production in 2022.
Ford initially designated production of 50,000 units each year. The initial rollout was on pace for less than that, yet Ford was selling everything it could make as of mid 2021. In April, Ford said average abide time for a Mach-E on dealership lots was a genuinely short seven days, and that most deals were to clients coming from competitor brands.
To let loose more production capacity with regards to the Mach-E at its assembly plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, Ford could defer all-electric versions of its next-generation Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs, as indicated by a new report from industry trade journal Automotive News.
The Explorer and Aviator EVs were initially planned for mid-2023, and have been pushed back to at minimum December 2024, as per the report. Production has additionally allegedly been moved away from that factory for those future models.
As well as supporting production of the Mach-E—which was Green Car Reports’ Best Car to Buy 2021—Ford has likewise affirmed a range boost from software and hardware updates for the 2022 model year.
In an interview released in August, Mach-E chief engineer Donna Dickson said the automaker intends to make some weight-saving hardware changes to the cooling system and different changes that ought to further develop range, adding that more reach upgrades are in store for model years 2023 and 2024.
The 2021 Mach-E was the first non-Tesla EV to arrive at 300 miles of EPA-rated range, accomplishing that in Extended Range form with rear-wheel drive.