F-150 Lightnings being manufactured at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center
Ford, like other automakers, have gone all in on EVs to the tune of billions of dollars. That gamble hasn’t quite played out like Ford expected it to however. EVs sales have slowed and inventories of once popular models like the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning have caused the automaker to slash prices and offer discounts to entice buyers.
Reality has set in at the automaker. So much so that the Verge is reporting that Ford is halting its development of its $12 billion EV facility in Kentucky. The plant would have made batteries for future EV models. While this facility won’t be moving forward right now, Ford says this doesn’t affect its Blue Oval City facility in Tennessee or any of its planned next gen EVs.
While it looks bad for some automakers, it’s a win for customers as EV prices are coming down. With discounts, price cuts and a looming point of sale tax credit change starting in 2024, maybe EV sales will pick up again enough for these automakers fortunes to turn around.
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