Ford plans to build two new mega campuses in US

WCN Editorial Team 28 Sep 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Ford Motor Company has announced plans to construct two new mega campuses in Tennessee and Kentucky, the US.

Together with its partner SK Innovation, the company plans to invest $11.4bn to build the new facilities that will produce the next generation of electric F-Series trucks and batteries for future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles.

In Tennessee, Ford will build a new $5.6bn mega campus, named Blue Oval City, on a nearly 9.65km2 site.

The new 3,600-acre campus will include vehicle assembly, a BlueOvalSK battery production plant and a supplier park in a vertically integrated ecosystem.

Once fully operational, the new assembly plant will be carbon neutral with zero waste to landfill.

Ford is also planning to construct a $5.8bn battery manufacturing campus, named BlueOvalSK Battery Park, in Glendale, Kentucky.

The twin co-located plants, which will be built on 1,500-acre complex, will have capacity to produce up to 43GWh each for a total of 86GWh per year.

They will supply locally assembled batteries to Ford’s North American assembly plants to power next-generation electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Together, Blue Oval City and BlueOvalSK Battery Park, are expected to create approximately 11,000 new jobs in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Ford executive chair Bill Ford said: “This is a transformative moment where Ford will lead America’s transition to electric vehicles and usher in a new era of clean, carbon-neutral manufacturing.

“With this investment and a spirit of innovation, we can achieve goals once thought mutually exclusive – protect our planet, build great electric vehicles Americans will love and contribute to our nation’s prosperity.”

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Rendering of the Blue Oval City in Tennessee, the US. Credit: The Ford Motor Company.

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