Ford announces huge new electric pickup factory and three new battery gigafactories
Ford today made a massive announcement to accelerate production of electric vehicles with a huge new electric pickup truck manufacturing facility in Tennessee and three new battery giant factories.
The huge new project is called “Blue Oval City”.
Blue Oval City is being built in Stanton, Tennessee, and the twin battery factories are being built in Glendale, Kentucky.
Ford and SK plan to invest over $ 11 billion to deploy this new manufacturing capacity and employ 11,000 people (6,000 in Blue Oval City and 5,000 in the two battery factories in Kentucky).
They plan to have the three battery factories produce 129 GWh of battery cells per year for Ford’s electric vehicle production.
They plan to start battery production and production of their next generation electric pickup trucks in 2025.
We recently reported on Ford’s production plans for the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. Ford’s plan calls for a ramp to 15,000 vehicles in 2022, 55,000 in 2023 and 80,000 in 2024. Ford will then target 160,000 vehicles in 2025 when the second generation Lightning hits the road, which appears to be built in Tennessee.
DEARBORN, Michigan, September 27, 2021 – Ford Motor Company announces plans to bring large-scale electric vehicles to American customers with two new massive, environmentally and technologically advanced locations in Tennessee and Kentucky that will incorporate the next generation of F-series electric trucks and the batteries for the future electric Ford will be producing and Lincoln vehicles.
Planning the largest U.S. electric vehicle investment ever from an automaker, Ford, along with its partner SK Innovation, plans to invest $ 11.4 billion and create nearly 11,000 new jobs in megacities of Tennessee and Kentucky, building on local communities and building on Fords Position as America’s premier hourly auto worker.
A completely new $ 5.6 billion mega-campus in Stanton, Tennessee called Blue Oval City will create about 6,000 new jobs and reinvent the way vehicles and batteries are made.
Blue Oval City will become a vertically integrated ecosystem for Ford to put together an expanded range of F-Series electric vehicles and include a BlueOvalSK battery plant, key suppliers and recycling. Ford’s new assembly plant in Tennessee is designed to be climate neutral and no waste needs to be disposed of in landfills once it is fully operational.
In central Kentucky, Ford plans to build its own battery manufacturing complex with SK Innovation – the $ 5.8 billion BlueOvalSK Battery Park – which will create 5,000 jobs. Dual battery plants on the premises are designed to supply Ford’s North American assembly plants with locally assembled batteries to power next-generation electric vehicles from Ford and Lincoln. Investments in the new battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky are to be made through BlueOvalSK, a new joint venture between Ford and SK Innovation, subject to final agreements, regulatory approvals and other terms.
“This is a transformative moment as Ford will lead America’s transition to electric vehicles and usher in a new era of clean, climate-neutral manufacturing,” said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford formerly mutually exclusive – protect our planet, build great electric vehicles that Americans will love and contribute to the prosperity of our nation. ”
This news comes amid strong demand for the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning Truck, E-Transit and Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles, and complements Ford’s recent announcement to expand manufacturing capacity and create jobs at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle center in Dearborn , Michigan.
“This is our moment – our greatest investment ever – to help build a brighter future for America,” said Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford. “We are now in the process of delivering breakthrough electric vehicles for the many, not the few . It’s about creating good jobs that support American families, a highly efficient, carbon-neutral manufacturing system, and a growing business that offers value for communities, merchants, and shareholders. “
Ford’s $ 7 billion investment is the largest ever in production by any US automaker create a sustainable American market accelerate its production ecosystem and accelerate its progress towards carbon neutrality, supported by science-based goals in line with the Paris Agreement. Overall, Ford expects that 40 to 50% of its global vehicle volume will be fully electric by 2030.
“We are proud to partner with Ford to start a new chapter in automotive history,” said Dongseob Jee, president of the battery business at SK Innovation. “We are delighted to take this decisive step together as partners and to realize our common vision for a cleaner planet. Our BlueOvalSK joint venture will embody this spirit of collaboration. We look forward to expanding our trusting partnership by bringing in our market-leading value proposition, our experience and our state-of-the-art know-how. “
All new Ford Blue Oval City
Ford is re-imagining how electric vehicles – and the batteries that power them – are designed, manufactured, and recycled, creating an entirely new ecosystem for electric vehicle manufacturing.
Blue Oval City will be one of the largest automotive locations in US history. Like Michigan’s iconic Rouge Complex a century earlier, Blue Oval City will usher in a new era for American manufacturing.
The 3,600 acre campus, covering nearly 6 square miles, will include vehicle assembly, battery production and a supplier fleet in a vertically integrated system that provides cost-effectiveness while minimizing the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process. The assembly plant will use permanent cloud-connected technology to make huge improvements in quality and productivity. The megacampus is set to add more sustainability solutions, including the ability to use local renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar and wind power.
“West Tennessee is poised to deliver the workforce and quality of life needed to make the next great American success story with Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation,” said Bill Lee, governor of Tennessee. “This is a turning point for the people of Tennessee as we lead the future of the automotive industry and advanced manufacturing.”
Blue Oval City will create around 6,000 jobs and will be a hotbed of technical innovation to build next-generation F-Series electric trucks. This growth opportunity will enable Ford to reach new customers with an expanded range of electric trucks.
“The Blue Oval City assembly plant will leverage Ford’s global manufacturing expertise and cutting-edge technology to deliver cost-effectiveness and the quality our customers expect,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford President, Americas & International Markets Group. “This will allow Ford to lead the race to deliver reliable, affordable, and advanced electric vehicles to even more Americans.”
Larger assembly plant, lower environmental impact
Despite its size, the assembly plant in Blue Oval City is designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible – and even to achieve positive effects. The aim of the assembly plant is to have a regenerative influence on the local environment through biomimicry in the design of the system. From the start of production in 2025, Ford has set itself the goal of making the assembly plant climate-neutral.
With an on-site wastewater treatment plant, the assembly plant is striving to avoid fresh water withdrawals for assembly processes by integrating water reuse and recycling systems. Zero-waste-to-landfill processes will collect materials and production waste at an on-site material collection center to sort and manage materials for recycling or processing either at the plant or in off-site facilities once the plant is operational.
Ford is partnering with Redwood Materials, a leader in battery materials, to make electric vehicles more sustainable and affordable for Americans by locating the supply chain network, creating recycling options for scrap and end-of-life vehicles, and stepping up lithium-ion recycling. Ford believes that battery recycling is critical to the success of an electrified future and has the potential to provide significant economic benefits as well as helping to solve the end-of-life battery recycling solution.
BlueOvalSK battery park
A proposed $ 5.8 billion BlueOvalSK battery manufacturing campus on 1,500 acres in Glendale, Kentucky, due to open in 2025, is participating in Ford’s electric manufacturing revolution.
Two power plants at the same location can produce up to 43 gigawatt hours per year for a total of 86 gigawatt hours per year. Together, these US-made batteries will power Ford and Lincoln’s next-generation electric vehicles.
BlueOvalSK Battery Park brings 5,000 new jobs to Kentucky and will be centrally located to support the presence of Ford’s North American assembly plants.
“We thank Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation for their investment in the Kentucky team,” said Andy Beshear, Kentucky governor. “This is the largest single investment in our country’s history and this project consolidates our leadership role in the future of the automotive industry. It will transform our economy and create a better Kentucky with more opportunities for our families for generations. Our economy is on fire – or maybe it’s electric. Our time is now. Our future is now. “
Technician investments in Texas and the US
Ford is investing $ 90 million in Texas alone as part of a total $ 525 million investment over the next five years to transform the American auto technology industry. The investment will flow into professional training and career preparation initiatives for current and next generation of technicians. These programs aim to train highly skilled technicians and will support Ford’s growing portfolio of connected electric vehicles.