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Ford Picks Rockwell Automation As EV Assembly Provider

The Blue Oval is currently gearing up for a two million EV production run rate, a milestone it hopes to achieve by 2026. As part of its ambitious goal, the company is landing deals with multiple companies to secure the raw materials needed to produce batteries. It is also building new plants and reconfiguring preexisting facilities to accommodate electric vehicle production. Now, Rockwell Automation announced that Ford has decided to work with the company to provide its manufacturing expertise to three plants key to the company’s EV ambitions.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

As part of the collaboration, Rockwell Automation will work with Ford on assembly tooling designs and architectures related to manufacturing for three of its plants: BlueOval City, Oakville Assembly Plant, and the Ohio Assembly plant. Aside from BlueOval City, which is an entirely new plant not scheduled to come online until 2025, the other two plants currently produce internal combustion powered vehicles.

“We are strengthening the commitment to build world class electric vehicles for the future and fortifying the relationship between Rockwell and Ford that has been in place for more than 75 years,” said Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation. “We look forward to working closely with Ford and its ecosystem over the next several years to accelerate business outcomes and advance the company’s position as a global leader in the electric vehicle market.”

In addition to this new collaboration with Rockwell Automation, The Blue Oval has entered into an agreement with Google regarding the use of AI and advanced data collection at its assembly plants. The tech giant is also working with the company on a new infotainment system that will likely be rolled out in 2023.

At this point, Ford has not officially revealed what vehicles will be produced at the plants impacted by this announcement. A next-generation electric Ford F-Series pickup is slated come out of BlueOval City when it goes online, and some type of commercial EV is planned for Ohio. Meanwhile, a recent report indicated that Oakville will solely produce electric variants of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, a recent pivot, as the plant was projected to build up to five different vehicles.

As always, we’ll have more on The Blue Oval’s EVs soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous Ford news coverage.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Will

    Wait till they find out that they can’t sell 2 million EVs a year.

    1. Brad Barefoot

      As we say in the South … Jim Farley needs to get his “walking papers”.

      1. RWFA

        That explains a lot.

  2. Hi

    2 million? That’s some pretty good glue they’re sniffing.

    1. Brad Barefoot

      Agreed, why don’t they show the same gusto for vehicles like the Maverick, Bronco an Bronco Sport, and Escape PHEV an std hybrids ? I’d be all in for an Escape PHEV. I’ve been in contact with a firm that only does restoration of older cars an trucks. I’m over 65 an like station wagons … Street Classics up the road from me in Fayetteville will totally rebuild a Country Squire, new engine, tranny, rear end, seats, paint right down the fake wood siding (said it for ya) for around $35K including the cost of the vehicle. A lot of money yeah, but a brand new Ford Expedition starts at about 60K … I’ll have basically a new Country Squire with a warranty for around $35K … and it’s what I really want, bring on the Wire Wheel Covers with a 1/2″ White Wall Set of Goodyears ! Many are beginning to find out they can have the actual car like they really want for what it cost for current new vehicles … most of the time for significantly less money. Street Classics has a couple of reg cab ’70 model F-150s that can be bought as is, or taken down to bare metal and have around $40K tied up the truck. They just finished up a ’66 T-Bird for a friend (how I learned about S/C) it’s showroom or museum condition which ever word you like, he’s got about $40K tied up in it, and that car can be a Garage Queen forever, or is ready to be a daily driver for another 10+ years … their work is that good. All the auto manufacturers need to learn … they aren’t the only game in town.

      1. RWFA

        LoL there aren’t that many old car cores to satisfy retail demand and nobody except a retiree wants a 390 or 429 CS as their daily driver.

        Ps my mom’s 69 Country Squire was my favorite car (2nd place is her 66 Vista-Cruiser.). If I won power ball I’d have these in my new garage.

      2. Bo

        I like airbags and the other safety tech that comes with today’s cars. I don’t if the restorations do more than add seatbelts.

  3. Brad Barefoot

    Let’s see … three plants to build vehicles that nobody really wants … and one plant in Mexico to build three vehicles (Maverick/Bronco/Bronco Sport) that’s running basically a year+ behind in customer orders. Jim Farley … needs his “walking papers” as we say in the South.

    1. DW

      The Bronco is built in Detroit, not Mexico

    2. RWFA

      LoL Mav/BroncoS (Hermosillo, Mex) and Bronco (Wayne, Mich) are two different platforms built in two different plants.

      You comment gets its walkin’ papers. .


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