- Ford stock extended its 2-day streak to as much as 11% on Friday.
- The company revealed the all-new F-150 Lightning electric truck on Wednesday after market hours.
- Ford also revealed a new deal with South Korea’s SK Innovation to jointly build EV batteries in the US.
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Ford’s new EV was revealed to the public in a live event at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday and by the next day, the company said it had over 20,000 reservations for the new vehicle.
Reservations could be made to reserve Ford’s first electric truck for just $100, and after 48 hours, the company has seen more than 44,500 customers take the plunge, according to a tweet from CEO Jim Farley.
Ford’s new truck boasts a 0 to 60 mph time in the “mid-four-second range,” 483km of range, and has a dual-motor configuration that yields 563 horsepower and 352kg-feet of torque.
Ford stock is up over 50% in the past six months amid a wave of EV optimism for the company’s new Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, and the upcoming Ford E-Transit (set to be released in 2022).
The company also announced it has reached an agreement with South Korea’s SK Innovation to jointly build electric-vehicle batteries at two factories in the US this week.
Ford is said to be considering divesting its electric scooter-sharing service Spin as well, Bloomberg reported.
CEO Jim Farley has been looking to divest from extraneous businesses amid a $22 billion push toward the EV market.
“We have no intention to cede ground to others in vehicle segments where Ford is the established leader,” Farley said on a call with analysts back in Feburary. “Our time is now at Ford, we’re not talking about aspirations.”
Ford will host its annual Capital Markets Day on May 26 and detail its new Ford+ plan to investors.
Deutsche Bank analyst Emmanuel Rosner wrote in a note to clients that he expects “the automaker to update investors on its global redesign program, present levers and timing to achieving its profitability targets, and introduce a redesigned EV strategy” in the meeting.
Analysts are mostly bullish on Ford’s prospects moving forward. The company boasts 16 “buy” ratings, 13 “neutral” ratings, and zero “sell” ratings from Wall Street.
Ford shares traded up 7.5% as of 3:40 p.m. ET on Friday.