Ford CEO Jim Farley calls out to Tesla CEO during F-150 Lightning presentation

Ford Chairman and CEO Jim Farley recently gave Tesla CEO Elon Musk a friendly nod during a company presentation where he was talking about the company’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. company. “Take this Elon Musk,” he said at the end of his speech.

Of course, that wouldn’t hide from the Tesla community, and a short video clip was posted on Twitter, where Musk responded in a similar fashion, saying, “Thanks, but I already have one.”

Jim most likely knew this would get the attention of Musk and the Tesla community and get unpaid publicity, and might even convert some Cybertruck reservation holders into F-150 Lightnings.

Here is what Farley said during his speech:

“We’re really on a mission at Ford to lead an electric and digital revolution for many, not a few. And I have to say the light that shines for us at Ford is this beautiful Lightning made just down the road in Dearborn, right here in the state of Michigan, already the leader of all electric pickups in our industry in the United States.

Ford has sold 4,400 F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks to date, a figure the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker released earlier this week.

Claiming a leadership position with that number isn’t necessarily a good idea for Ford, as Rivian is also ramping up production of its R1T EV pickup truck. Rivian had produced 6,954 R1T pickups and R1S SUVs in the first half of 2022, but the automaker did not release R1T figures separately – it is estimated that at least 5,000 R1Ts have been sold since the start of the year. ‘year.

Other automakers have also mocked Elon Musk and Tesla in the past, but failed to beat Tesla by making more electric vehicles.

Hyundai has already bought advertising space for the Kona EV SUV and its signs read “your turn, Elon”. But the Tesla Model Y was a superb success that surpassed the Kona EV many times over.

Most likely, Farley’s statement will not age well. Tesla Cybertruck production starts next year (2023) and Tesla has around 1 million pre-orders for it worldwide.

Tesla is gearing up for Cybertruck production at its Giga Texas factory and has acquired the largest 9,000 ton giga casting machine in the world for. The gigacasting method will save Tesla time and resources, ultimately speeding up production Ford and Rivian will feel.

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Originally published on TeslaOracle.

Image courtesy of Ford.


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