Ford Motor Company in the USA has officially broken ground at BlueOval City as it starts construction of its latest facility for electric vehicles (EVs). This is Ford’s largest, most advanced auto production complex in the company’s 119-year history
Structural steel is erected less than one year after Ford and SK On announced their $5.6 billion investment to build a revolutionary all-new electric truck and advanced batteries for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles in West Tennessee.
The nearly six-square-mile mega campus will have a massive effect on the local economy and create approximately 6,000 new jobs when production begins in 2025.
Eric Grubb, Ford’s director of new footprint construction, said: “We are building the future right here in West Tennessee. This facility is the blueprint for Ford’s future manufacturing facilities and will enable Ford to help lead America’s shift to electric vehicles.”
With construction underway at BlueOval City, Ford, which is America’s number electric vehicle brand, gets closer to its target of a two million electric vehicle production run rate globally by late 2026.
Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee, said: “Ford’s historic investment in West Tennessee is a testament to our state’s strong business climate and unmatched workforce.
“BlueOval City will have a transformational impact on Tennesseans and our economy, and we’re proud this global company will call Haywood County home.”
Ford continues to engage with communities in West Tennessee. This includes live-streamed discussions and collaborative projects. Most significantly, the company is working with the University of Tennessee to restore the stream waters flowing through the University’s Lone Oaks Farm and to expand STEM education to Tennessee students.
Ford is moving rapidly towards its electric future and recently announced it is accelerating the Ford+ plan. This is for growth and value creation and announced some key leadership changes to support the development of breakthrough electric vehicles at scale.