Ford plans to bring EVs to the masses in the form of Blue Oval City and BlueOvalSK. The company calls it the largest, most advanced and most efficient auto complex in its history. BlueOvalSK is a new, joint venture formed by Ford and SK Innovation.
Blue Oval City, which will cost $5.6 billion and fill an almost six-square-mile site in west Tennessee, will build the next-generation electric F-Series pickups and advanced batteries. Meanwhile, the new $5.8 million BlueOvalSK Battery Park is slated to rise in central Kentucky, consisting of twin battery plants to power a new lineup of Ford and Lincoln EVs.
This news comes amid strong demand for the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning truck, E-Transit and Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles and is on top of Ford’s recent announcement to expand production capacity and add jobs at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
Ford and SK Innovation plan to create almost 11,000 new jobs: nearly 6,000 in Stanton, Tennessee and the rest in Glendale, Kentucky. New electric vehicle and advanced lithium-ion battery production will commence in 2025. These three new plants will enable 129 gigawatt hours a year for Ford’s U.S. production capacity.
“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.”
Blue Oval City will be among the largest auto manufacturing campuses in U.S. history. Like the iconic 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 six 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 assembly plant will use always-on cloud-connected technologies to drive vast improvements in quality and productivity. The mega campus is designed to add more sustainability solutions, including the potential to use renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar and wind power.
Ford is collaborating with Redwood Materials, a leading battery materials company, to make electric vehicles 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. Ford believes battery recycling is essential for the success of an electrified future and has the potential to offer significant economic benefits as well as help solve for end-of-life battery recycling.
“This is our moment – our biggest investment ever – to help build a better future for America,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “We are moving now to deliver breakthrough electric vehicles for the many rather than the few. It’s about creating good jobs that support American families, an ultra-efficient, carbon-neutral manufacturing system, and a growing business that delivers value for communities, dealers and shareholders.”