Ford begins construction on $5.6 billion Tennessee electric truck factory


Construction of Ford’s new Blue Oval City manufacturing complex in Stanton, Tennessee, is now well underway following its announcement last September.

The $5.6 billion campus is slated to begin producing electric trucks and batteries in 2025 in partnership with Korea’s SK On.

The property has begun raising supports for a facility that will span six square miles and will employ 6,000 workers when complete.

“This facility is the blueprint for Ford’s future manufacturing facilities and will enable Ford to power America’s transition to electric vehicles,” said Eric Grubb, Ford’s director of new footprint construction.

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When completed, Blue Oval City will cover six square miles. (Ford)

The project is supported by an $884 million grant from the state of Tennessee and is expected to indirectly create 21,000 additional jobs, according to government officials.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called it the “largest single investment in the state’s history.”

The factory will build a next-generation F-Series that is “different from” the current F-150 Lightning, Ford CEO Jim Farley said in April.

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Blue Oval City is part of Ford’s broader regional investment in electric vehicle manufacturing, which includes a $5.8 billion battery factory in Kentucky.

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Ford CEO Jim Farley said Blue Oval City will build a next-generation F-Series electric pickup truck. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Ford is aiming to have the global capacity to build two million electric vehicles annually by 2026, which would account for nearly a third of its production, but hasn’t committed to a timeframe to go fully electric in the US

Ford this year split its business into Model e, for electric vehicles, and Ford Blue, which focuses on internal combustion engine and hybrid models.
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Farley this month told the company’s dealers that if they don’t want to make the necessary investments to support electric vehicle sales, they will have the option to simply sell Ford Blue products.



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