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Ford will build two EV mega-factories, hire 11,000 people

September 29, 2021 - Ford Motor Co. plans to bring electric vehicles at scale to American customers with two new massive, environmentally and technologically advanced campuses in Tennessee and Kentucky that will produce the next generation of electric F-Series trucks and the batteries to power future electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Together with its partner, SK Innovation, Ford plans to invest $11.4 billion and create nearly 11,000 new jobs at the Tennessee and Kentucky assembly operations. An $5.6 billion greenfield startup in Stanton, Tennessee, which Ford is naming Blue Oval City, will create 6,000 new jobs and reimagine how vehicles and batteries are manufactured.

Blue Oval City will house a vertically integrated ecosystem for Ford to assemble an expanded lineup of electric F-Series vehicles and will include a BlueOvalSK battery plant, key suppliers and recycling. Ford’s new Tennessee assembly plant is designed to be carbon neutral with zero waste to landfill once fully operational.

In central Kentucky, Ford will build a $5.8 billion dedicated battery manufacturing complex with SK Innovation—BlueOvalSK Battery Park–and hire 5,000 people. Twin battery plants on the site are intended to supply Ford’s North American assembly plants with domestically sourced batteries for powering next-generation electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

“This is a transformative moment where Ford will lead America’s transition to electric vehicles and usher in a new era of clean, carbon-neutral manufacturing,” said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford. “With this investment and a spirit of innovation, we can achieve goals once thought mutually exclusive: protect our planet, build great electric vehicles Americans will love and contribute to our nation’s prosperity.”

This decision comes in the wake of strong demand for the Ford F-150 Lightning truck, E-Transit and Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles, and is addition to Ford’s recent decision to expand production capacity and add jobs at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

Part of Ford’s $30-billion-plus investment in electric vehicles through 2025, these capital projects support the automaker’s longer-term goal to create a sustainable American manufacturing ecosystem, and to accelerate its progress towards achieving carbon neutrality, backed by science-based targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Overall, Ford expects 40 to 50 percent of its global vehicle volume to be fully electric by 2030.

Blue Oval City will be among the largest auto manufacturing campuses in U.S. history. Like the Rouge complex in Michigan did 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 encompass vehicle assembly, battery production and a supplier park in a vertically integrated system that delivers cost efficiency while minimizing the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process. The mega campus is designed to add more sustainability solutions, including the potential to use local renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar and wind power.

Despite its size, Blue Oval City assembly operation is designed to have a regenerative impact on the local environment through biomimicry. From the start of production in 2025, Ford’s goal is for the plant to be carbon neutral.

Ford is collaborating with Redwood Materials, a leading battery materials company, to make EVs more sustainable and affordable for Americans by localizing the supply chain network, creating recycling options for scrap and end-of-life vehicles, and ramping up lithium-ion recycling. Battery recycling is essential for the success of an electrified future.

The 1,500-acre BlueOvalSK battery manufacturing campus in Glendale, Kentucky is scheduled to open in 2025. Twin co-located plants will be capable of producing up to 43 gigawatt hours each for a total of 86 gigawatt hours annually.

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