Ford & SK began construction of their joint production facility in Tennessee that will produce batteries and electric vehicles. The production facility will build new electric pickup trucks and batteries for electric vehicles from Ford and Lincoln with opening targeted in 2025.
To build the production facility, Ford invested $11.4 billion with battery partner SK Innovation to build two new locations in Tennessee and Kentucky. About $5.6 billion has been allocated to BlueOval City in Tennessee.
The facility in Tennessee has an area equivalent to 15.5 square kilometers. Groundbreaking was done recently, but the first excavators started work in March.
During the preparation period, 3.5 million cubic meters of soil was removed and 370,000 tonnes of rock was laid. More than 4,600 deep foundations were installed.
Ford did not specify when the construction work would be completed. All that is known are the initial plans for production at the plant, which will take place in 2025.
BlueOval City is projected to be the largest and most sophisticated car production complex in the company’s 119-year history. It will include an integrated vehicle and battery factory that will create about 6,000 new jobs will be created at Stanton in the US state of Tennessee.
“This facility is a blueprint for Ford’s future manufacturing facilities and will enable Ford to help lead America’s transition to electric vehicles.” said Eric Grubb, Ford’s new construction director.
By 2026, Ford targets to build more than two million electric cars per year worldwide – including products from BlueOval City.