Ford to build electric truck plant in MI, add 300 jobs

Andrew Cummings
September 19, 2020

"We are proud to once again build and innovate for the future here at the Rouge with the debut of our all-new F-150 and the construction of a modern new manufacturing center to build the first-ever all-electric F-150", Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a release. Ford will spend over $700 million at the plant to prepare it for the electric F-150, as well as the hybrid F-150 PowerBoost which will also be built at the plant.

With an all-electric Ford F-150 on the way for 2023, the Blue Oval is entering the taunt-and-bait phase of vehicle development.

Ford also struck an upbeat tone about the state of the auto industry, which he said has come "roaring back" in recent weeks, and said the company is running at pre-COVID levels.

The image shows very little, as could be expected of any teaser, but it's clear the 2023 F-150 EV will share a lot with its more conventional, internal-combustion sibling.

During a media briefing this Wednesday, Kumar Galhotra, president of the Americas and worldwide markets at Ford, highlighted that the electric F-150 will be built for heavy-duty hauling and towing.

The electric F-150 will come with a dual-motor powertrain, helping it to deliver traction. It will also accelerate quicker than any F-150 to date and have the ability to tow heavy trailers. A giant front trunk will also add more versatility and security to protect valuable items.

Galhotra made this estimate based on zero gas and oil usage, low electric charging rates, increased vehicle uptime and lower maintenance costs, Auto News reports. It's scheduled to hit the market in mid-2022, so we're just under two years away as of today.

In addition to all this electric news, Ford announced that regular 2021 F-150 production has begun.

Ford on Thursday provided fresh details on its planned battery-electric F-150 pickup truck.

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