A Lincoln Aviator EV has also been delayed.
They were to launch in mid-2023. They’ve been pushed back to December 2024.
Ford’s is a good pickle at the moment. Their new Mustang Mach-E EV is a massive hit with demand far outstripping current production capabilities. Although Ford had plans to build new EVs at their factory in Cuautitlan in Mexico where the Mach-E is assembled, plans have changed.
This same plant was, at one point, to build both the electric version of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. The plan was to launch these vehicles midway through 2023 however Ford simply can’t build the Mustang Mach-E fast enough.
“We had previously contemplated building an additional electric vehicle down there in Cuautitlan but our first priority right now is to scale production of the Mach-E given that demand,” Ford North America COO Lisa Drake said as reported by Automotive News. “Our production system is very flexible by design, and we’ll utilize multiple North American plants as we build out our future North American lineup.”
In order to meet demand, Ford will increase Mach-E output to 200,000 units annually from 2023. Starting in 2022, Ford will steadily ramp up production. Ultimately, by late 2023 or early 2024, Ford hopes to assemble 600,000 EVs annually.