Ford Blue Oval City was originally announced back in September as a new, sprawling complex set to be built in Stanton, Tennessee. Ford Blue Oval City will produce electric vehicles, including a next-generation electric Ford F-Series model, which will ride on its own dedicated platform, as well as batteries, while also housing suppliers and creating around 6,000 new jobs. Now, Blue Oval City is one step closer to becoming a reality, as it has been put on the map – literally.
Blue Oval City is now visible on Google Maps – or, at least, the physical location that will soon be filled with the facilities that encompass it. This is a notable development that takes place a few weeks after Tennessee lawmakers signed off on final approval for an $884 million spending package that seals the deal. That package consists of $500 million earmarked for incentives that will go directly to Ford, along with $384 million that will fund infrastructure projects, authority expenses, workforce development, and other services.
The development of Blue Oval City is a critical component of Ford’s EV pivot as it prepares to eventually transition its entire North American lineup to electric vehicles. The automaker increased its planned EV investment to $30 billion by 2025 earlier this year, and CEO Jim Farley recently revealed plans to double Ford’s planned global annual production of electric vehicles to 600,000 units per year by 2024.
“If you build it, they will come.”
🌽⚡️🛻🔋 #BlueOvalCity is officially on the map. Things are coming together quickly down in TN! Another step toward good American jobs and EV production at scale. pic.twitter.com/cJW6IeXBTi
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) December 7, 2021
For now, the automaker’s electrification plans will revolve around vehicles that it considers to be “Icons,” as well as models with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) – the maximum operating weight or mass of a vehicle, sans anything it might be towing – of less than 8,500 pounds, with more than one EV crossover planned for the lineup to complement the existing Ford Mustang Mach-E.