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Ford plans to make the largest ever U.S. investment in electric vehicles. I mean at one time. Moreover by any automotive manufacturer. Most noteworthy and together with its partner: SK Innovation. For both of them plan to invest $11.4 billion and create nearly 11,000 new jobs at the Tennessee and Kentucky mega-sites. Thereby strengthening local communities. Finally and building on Ford’s position as America’s leading employer of hourly autoworkers.
Blue Oval City will become a vertically integrated ecosystem for Ford. That’s to assemble an expanded lineup of electric F-Series vehicles. For it will include a BlueOvalSK battery plant. I mean key suppliers and recycling too. That’s because Ford’s new Tennessee assembly plant is designed to be carbon neutral. A plant with zero waste to landfill; once fully operational.
In central Kentucky, Ford plans to build a dedicated battery manufacturing complex with SK Innovation. So the $5.8 billion BlueOvalSK Battery Park is creating 5,000 jobs. Then with twin battery plants on the site. For they are intended to supply Ford’s North American assembly plants. All with locally assembled batteries. Thereby powering next-generation cars. Those that are electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Investments in the new Tennessee and Kentucky battery plants are planned. Combined and to be made via BlueOvalSK. For this is a new joint venture to be formed by Ford and SK Innovation, subject to definitive agreements, regulatory approvals and other conditions.
Also it is on top of Ford’s recent announcement to expand production capacity. Also add jobs at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. Located in Dearborn, Michigan.
Ford’s $7 billion investment is the largest ever manufacturing investment. I mean again at one time. Moreover and by any automotive manufacturer in the U.S. For this is part of Ford’s more-than-$30 billion investment. All in electric vehicles through 2025. For this investment supports the company’s longer-term goal. A goal to create a sustainable American manufacturing ecosystem. Also, it is meant to accelerate its progress. All towards achieving carbon neutrality. For it is backed by science-based targets. Those are in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Overall, Ford expects 40% to 50% of its global vehicle volume to be fully electric. All by 2030.
Reimagining how electric vehicles are made. Also and the batteries that power them. For they are designed, manufactured and recycled – all on one campus. Because Ford is creating an all-new electric vehicle manufacturing ecosystem.
Blue Oval City will be among the largest auto manufacturing campuses in U.S. history. Like the iconic Rouge complex in Michigan did. For that was a century earlier. For now Blue Oval City will usher in a new era for American manufacturing.
The 3,600-acre campus covering nearly 6 square miles. All to encompass vehicle assembly. Also battery production and a supplier park. Located in a vertically integrated system. Meant to therefore deliver cost efficiency. Then all the while minimizing the carbon footprint. All for the manufacturing process. The assembly plant will use always-on cloud-connected technologies. For this will drive vast improvements. Especially in quality and productivity. The mega campus is also designed to add more sustainability solutions. Thereby including the potential to use local renewable energy sources. That’s such as geothermal, solar and wind power.
Creating approximately 6,000 jobs for Ford Motor. Now the Blue Oval City will be a hive of technical innovation. Then to build next-generation electric F-Series trucks. This growth opportunity will also allow Ford to reach new customers. Especially with an expanded electric truck lineup.
Despite its size, the assembly plant at Blue Oval City is designed to have as minimal an impact. For I mean on the environment as possible. All on the surrounding environment. All to generate positive impacts. Because the assembly plant’s goal is to have a regenerative impact. Especially on the local environment. All through biomimicry that’s in design of the facility. From the start of production in 2025, Ford’s goal is for the assembly plant to be carbon neutral.
They also have an on-site wastewater treatment plant. Then also the assembly plant. All combined and aspiring to make zero freshwater withdrawals. Especially for assembly processes. Thereby incorporating water reuse. Also and recycling systems. For then zero-waste-to-landfill processes. Thereby capturing materials and production scrap. Located then at an on-site materials collection center. All to sort and route materials. Then for recycling or processing. Then either at the plant or at off-site facilities: once the plant is operational.
Ford is also collaborating with Redwood Materials. They are a leading battery materials company. A company meant to make electric vehicles more sustainable and affordable. Most noteworthy and for Americans. They do this by localizing the supply chain network. Then creating recycling options for scrap and end-of-life vehicles. Finally and ramping up lithium-ion recycling. All because Ford believes battery recycling is essential. Most importantly and for the success of an electrified future. Also it has the potential to offer significant economic benefits. I mean as well as help solve for end-of-life battery recycling.
Joining the Ford electric manufacturing revolution is a facility. One planned to cost $5.8 billion. It is to be a 1,500-acre BlueOvalSK battery manufacturing campus. Then and located in Glendale, Ky. All which is targeted to open in 2025.
In addition, let’s talk twin co-located plants. Powerplants capable of producing up to 43 gigawatt hours each. I mean most impressively for a total of 86 gigawatt hours annually. Together, these American-made batteries will power next-generation electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
Therefore we are talking about bringing 5,000 new jobs to Kentucky. Because this BlueOvalSK Battery Park will be centrally located. All to support Ford’s North American assembly plants’ footprint.
In conclusion, Ford is investing $90 million in Texas alone. All as part of a $525 million total investment across the U.S. and during the next five years. This is meant to transform America’s auto technician industry. The investment will go toward job training. Also and career readiness initiatives. For I mean all for the current and next generation of technicians. Finally, these programs aim to develop highly skilled technicians and will support Ford’s growing portfolio of connected electric vehicles.
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