Back in May, Ford revealed that it was working on a variety of new, dedicated all-electric vehicle platforms that will underpin a wide variety of future vehicles. Ford CEO Jim Farley also revealed that the automaker was already working on a second EV pickup this past spring, while we already know that another all-electric Ford F-Series model riding on its own dedicated platform will be built at the automaker’s new BlueOval City facility starting in 2025. However, Ford BlueOval City could soon build more than just that new all-electric pickup, as plant manager Kel Kearns recently revealed to The Biz Journal.
“When you design a plant, you have to think about how you will physically do expansions and add-ons, and [anticipate] changes in the future as new products come,” Kearns said. “You don’t know what the new product is, but you know that there will be one. The team is spending a lot of time designing a plan to be the most efficient for this product, but with an eye on the requirement to change and modify in the future.”
As Ford Authority reported last week, BlueOval City remains on track to build the new F-Series EV starting in 2025, as well as meet its corporate sustainability goals by that same year. In spite of the current, challenging labor market, Ford doesn’t anticipate having any trouble hiring enough people to staff the plant, given strong interest in those positions thus far.
Construction prep is well underway at the BlueOval City site in Tennessee, where it’s expected to provide a major economic boost and thousands of jobs for that particular part of the country, while the automaker expects to double its construction worker headcount by early 2023 as construction begins.