A brand new Ford plant is being built in West Tennessee that will be unlike anything else in the company’s 119-year history. Dubbed BlueOval City, when it comes online in 2025, it will be Ford’s largest and most advanced manufacturing complex of all. It will play a vital role in the automaker’s electrified future, building batteries and an all-new electric truck that Ford says will be “groundbreaking”.
Before this mysterious truck comes to fruition, the factory must be built. Preliminary work began in March, preparing the important piece of land for the massive construction project. That alone meant moving 4.6 million cubic meters of soil and laying 370,000 tons of stone. Now the steel is in the ground that will serve as the foundation and bones of BlueOval City – a sprawling campus that will encompass six square miles.
“We’re building the future right here in West Tennessee,” said Eric Grubb, director of new footprint construction at Ford. “This facility is the blueprint for future Ford manufacturing facilities and will allow Ford to help lead America’s transition to electric vehicles.”
Such a gigantic undertaking certainly comes at a high price, and in this case we are talking Billions. Specifically, Ford is investing $5.6 billion in the plant, and when it comes online in 2025, the company will add 6,000 new employees to keep it running. If all goes according to plan, BlueOval City will play a crucial role in Ford’s goal of building 2 million electric vehicles per year by the end of 2026.
Batteries will be required for this to happen, and this is a primary mission of the facility. But we suspect Ford’s new truck is of more interest to vehicle buyers. Ford CEO Jim Farley offered our first hint at this next-generation truck, teasing something “different than this” when it launched production of the F-150 Lightning in April. While Chevrolet and Ram are preparing electric trucks that deviate significantly from their internal combustion counterparts, it’s entirely possible that Ford is preparing something similar to sell alongside the F-150.
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