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Ford breaks ground on $5.6 billion complex for EVs, batteries

Christian Fernsby |
Ford has begun construction of its $5.6 billion electric vehicle manufacturing complex in western Tennessee, the largest factory project in the automaker’s 119-year history.

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The site, known as BlueOval City, stretches across six square miles and is three times the size of the historic Rouge complex that Henry Ford built in Michigan a century ago to make Model Ts.

By 2025, BlueOval City is expected to teem with 6,000 workers building electric pickup trucks and the batteries that power them in a joint venture with South Korean battery partner SK Innovation.

The companies also are building two battery factories in Kentucky that will employ another 5,000 workers, advancing Ford CEO Jim Farley’s goal to build 2 million EVs annually by the end of 2026.

The carmaker is spending $50 billion on EVs through 2026, and Farley expects more than half the company’s sales to be battery-powered vehicles by 2030. Last year, Ford sold 27,140 EVs in the US.

“This facility is the blueprint for Ford’s future manufacturing facilities and will enable Ford to help lead America’s shift to electric vehicles,” Eric Grubb, Ford’s director of new footprint construction, said in a statement.


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