While we were in town for the news that Ford was investing an additional $250 million into electric vehicle manufacturing in Michigan, Ford provided us with an opportunity to get up close and personal to the equipment and people building the all new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.
While we’re there, we talk to some key plant personnel. That includes Rouge Electric Vehicle Center Plant Manager Corey Williams, Assistant Plant Manager Chris Skaggs, and UAW Region 1A Director Laura Dickerson.
Some of the largest robots in the world are helping assemble the F-150 Lightning. Additionally, instead of a normal conveyor line, Ford is using automated skids to move components from one workstation to the next. That means the plant is easily reconfigurable for increased volume, different features, or even entirely new vehicles.
Finally, we talk to our own Stefan Ogbac about what it was like to take a ride in the Lightning at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.