Ford boosts electrification spending; expects 40% of global sales to be EV by 2030

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is upping its spending on electrification by $8 billion to $30 billion through 2025 and expects 40 percent of its global sales will be fully electric by 2030.

Ford is also doubling-down on its commercial business, expecting to nearly double the $27 billion it earned in 2019 from revenue tied to commercial hardware and adjacent services, estimating it will be $45 billion by 2025. It’s creating Ford Pro, a services and distribution business that will be geared toward commercial and government customers. Ted Cannis, Ford’s head of North America commercial vehicles, will become Ford Pro’s CEO.

The automaker announced the moves ahead of its Capital Markets Day, which CEO Jim Farley said last week would be “my management team’s coming out party.” Ford is also expected to announce additional EV plans, including the creation of two new battery-electric vehicle platforms by 2025, according to Reuters.

Ford also said Wednesday that it has booked 70,000 reservations, in the form of $100 refundable deposits, for the F-150 Lightning revealed last week. Farley had previously said it amassed 45,000 reservations in 48 hours.

‘Always on’

The automaker is calling its growth plans Ford+, and says it wants to transition away from a transaction-oriented business model to an “always on” relationship with customers.

That will involve what it calls Blue Oval Intelligence, the company’s next-generation, cloud-based platform for integrating electrical, power distribution, computing and software systems in connected Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Ford recently began offering over-the-air updates, which it calls “Ford Power-Ups,” and expects to have 33 million OTA-enabled Ford and Lincoln vehicles on the road by 2028.

“I’m excited about what Ford+ means for our customers, who will get new and better experiences by pairing our iconic, world-class vehicles with connected technology that constantly gets better over time,” Farley said in a statement. “We will deliver lower costs, stronger loyalty and greater returns across all our customers.”

Ford said Wednesday it expects to deliver an overall 8 percent adjusted earnings before interest and taxes margin in 2023. The company still expects to achieve 10 percent margins in North America, but has not put a timetable on that goal.

Shares in Ford were trading up 2.2 to $13.09 in premarket trading.

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