With demand for electric vehicles on the rise, automakers like Ford are preparing to bring a slew of BEV models to market in the near future. To accomplish this, The Blue Oval is making significant investments in its production facilities and hiring hundreds of workers, all with the anticipation of meeting demand for a few vehicles it hasn’t produced yet.
Ford plans to hire an additional 350 workers at two factories – 150 at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the E-Transit will be built, and 200 at the brand new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, which will produce the all-electric Ford F-150.
Additionally, the automaker is planning to invest considerable funds into these projects, including $100 million for its Kansas City plant, which will fund a new assembly line for the all-electric Ford Transit. FoMoCo will also invest $150 million to build EV motors and transaxles at the Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant.
Finally, Ford is investing a total of $1.95 billion to retool the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant to build five new electric vehicles beginning in 2024. Altogether, the automaker plans to sink $11.5 billion into producing its forthcoming electric vehicles. Meanwhile, FoMoCo’s first all-electric vehicle, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, has already entered production at the Ford Cuautitlan Plant in Mexico.
Even though the electric F-150 isn’t due to launch until mid-2022 and the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is still under construction, Ford recently increased its production capacity for the new truck by 50 percent to meet higher-than-expected projected demand. Following the F-150 EV’s announcement in September, the automaker received far more interest in the truck than originally expected. Thus, it immediately went to work increasing the capacity of its new plant.
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