Ford CFO John Lawler has revealed that the automaker’s EV unit is on track to lose $3 billion this year as it pursues the industry’s most aggressive EV production ramp.
Ford has only recently claimed the spot of #2 EV maker in the United States, but with an incredible production ramp ahead, the company intends to hold its position. But along with this production growth is an equally massive price tag, which Ford CFO John Lawler has revealed this morning as part of a presentation on financial reporting. According to the executive, Ford’s EV unit is set to lose $3 billion this year but is still on track to achieve profitability by 2026.
Ford has the industry’s most aggressive EV production ramp, as it looks to achieve an annual run rate of 600,000 EVs globally by the end of this year and an annual run rate of 2 million units by 2026. Comparatively, the current EV market leader, Tesla, has famously aimed for a 50% YoY production growth, while Ford is now seeking roughly 10x the production they achieved just last year.
As previously revealed by Ford, the company aims to achieve an 8% pre-tax profit margin by the end of 2026, which will only be possible if the Blue Oval can achieve its astronomical 2 million run rate production target.
In defense of this unprofitability, Lawler argued on this morning’s financial call that the company’s “Model e” unit should be seen as a startup and will require this massive investment in order to succeed in the near future.
It should be noted that Ford did not touch on the profitability of the entire business. With the continuing success of its “Ford Blue” gas vehicle decision, it is still possible for the company to achieve overall profitability.
This morning’s financial meeting aimed to explain how Ford plans to report its financial results. The CFO explained that, just as the business now operates in separate units, so will its financial reports. This means that each quarter, each business unit will report its earnings separately; this includes Ford’s gas-powered “Ford Blue” unit, its commercial “Ford Pro” unit, and the aforementioned “Model e” unit.
Ford will also be ditching the region-specific financial reporting, instead opting to report by the five global markets it operates in.
Ford is far from the only legacy automaker that expects the shift to electric vehicles to be costly and unprofitable. General Motors CEO Mary Barra has previously stated that the American auto group also aims for profitability in the 2026 timeframe. Meanwhile, European automakers, including VW Group, Stellantis, and Renault, also expect the massive production shift to affect profitability.