Ford Doubles Electric Vehicle Production Plans, GM Records 18,000 BrightDrop Orders



Ford CEO Jim Farley took to Twitter to announce that his company is doubling its goal of producing electric vehicles to 600,000 vehicles by 2023. Ford believes it could one day become America’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, overtaking Tesla. That might be possible if Tesla doesn’t continue to break its own production records, but with the new Austin plant coming online soon, Farley and the company are going to have to stretch some to reach their goal.

According to Automotive news, increased production targets apply to the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning and E-Transit electric van. Ford woke up from his sleep. It is planning a new electric vehicle production plant and development center in Tennessee and has partnered with SK Innovation to build battery factories in the United States to power all of those electric vehicles.

Before reaching its ultimate goal of being the largest producer of electric vehicles in the United States, Ford first aims to become the second behind Tesla, said Committed. According to CNBCIt remains to be seen whether Ford can meet that production target of 600,000 per year. At Crosstown competitor General Motors, Mary Barra and her merry gang plan to sell 1 million electric vehicles by 2025 and are also ramping up production by converting existing factories and building new ones in the United States in the years to to come.

GM celebrates increase in BrightDrop orders

Image courtesy of General Motors

For its part, General Motors is continuing its plans to build its BrightDrop battery-powered electric delivery vans. It has already booked an order for 12,600 of its EV600 vans with Merchants Fleet, the country’s fastest growing fleet management company. According to a press release from GM, Merchants Fleet has placed an additional order for 5,400 of the shorter-wheelbase EV410 delivery vans that will have a range of up to 250 miles.

According to the company, the EV410 is “well suited for faster, smaller payload deliveries or as a traditional, last mile service vehicle.” The EV410’s available gross vehicle weight rating of less than 10,000 pounds also reduces the need for additional operating licenses, extending zero-emission driving to new segments.

Travis Katz, CEO of BrightDrop, said: “Merchants Fleet’s plan to purchase such a large order of our electric utility vehicles shows that they are committed to leading the transformation of the fleet industry into a fully electric future, and confident in BrightDrop’s ability to bring this vision to life. . Collaboration with Merchants Fleet opens the door for other companies looking to electrify their fleets by providing access to our portfolio of electric vehicles, which is a critical step towards reducing vehicle-related emissions in the communities where we live.

“We are committed to meeting our customers’ electric vehicle needs, top to bottom,” said Merchants Fleet CEO Brendan P. Keegan. “Each fleet has different requirements, so we have to offer flexibility and offer the best solutions, at all levels. Fleet electrification is no longer in the future – it is here, and we are proud to work with BrightDrop to reach various segments and advance this transformation.

Takeaway meals

Coke or Pepsi? Vanilla or chocolate? Ford or GM? Whatever your preference, the EV revolution is picking up speed every day. Don’t be surprised if one day your grandchildren giggle when you say you are driving a gas car. Most of them will have no idea why someone owns one of these dirty, smelly contraptions.

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