The Ford Mustang Mach-E launched earlier this year has been a strong seller so far, and the F-150 Lightning revealed this summer garnered so much interest that Ford is already preparing to double the electric truck’s production for 2024. Now Ford has announced that it will, together with energy company SK Innovation, invest $11.4 billion into its electric future, including building an all-new factory to produce the next generation of electric F-Series trucks.
These future electric F-Series models will be the product of Blue Oval City, a $5.6 billion, 3600-acre campus that Ford will build in Stanton, Tennessee, outside of Memphis. Ford says Blue Oval City will be vertically integrated for building “an expanded lineup of electric F-Series vehicles,” suggesting that electric powertrains could proliferate throughout the F-Series range, including perhaps the Super Duty lineup, by the time the plant is operational in 2025. The campus will also include a battery plant built with SK Innovation, spaces for important suppliers, and recycling facilities. The new plant is expected to create around 6000 new jobs and is designed to be carbon neutral, minimize landfill waste, and make zero freshwater withdrawals for manufacturing processes by treating and recycling water on-site. Ford will also work with Redwood Materials, a battery materials company, on recycling batteries once they’ve reached the end of their life. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.