Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - March 29, 2023
Ford to Build 500,000 EV Trucks Annually at New Mega-Campus
Ford’s BlueOval City mega-campus will be capable of producing 500,000 EV trucks annually at full production, the company announced. The electric vehicle and battery manufacturing campus in West Tennessee begins production in 2025 and will be home to Ford’s second-generation electric truck, which is code-named Project T3.
The 3,600-acre campus will include a fully integrated battery manufacturing site, where an onsite team will build battery cells and arrays and assemble battery packs to be delivered to the assembly plant in less than 30 minutes.
Ford is developing its second-generation EV truck in tandem with the all-new assembly plant, resulting in efficiencies such as a 30-percent smaller general assembly footprint than traditional plants and delivering higher production capacity.
“BlueOval City is the blueprint for Ford’s electric future around the world,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chair. “We will build revolutionary electric vehicles at an advanced manufacturing site that works in harmony with the planet, aligning business growth and innovation with environmental progress.”
The assembly plant at BlueOval City will use carbon-free electricity and will also use recovered energy from the site’s utility infrastructure and geothermal system to power carbon-free heat. This will save an estimated 300 million cubic feet of natural gas typically needed each year to heat similarly sized vehicle assembly plants. Additionally, the campus’ new utility system will save 50 million gallons of water each year by reducing evaporation from the site’s cooling towers.
Ford and partner SK On are investing $5.6 billion in the campus and creating approximately 6,000 new jobs with this project.