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Ford Breaks Ground at BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky

Ford Motor Company has officially broken ground at its BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky, an important step in the automaker’s push toward an all-electric lineup.

As of December 5th, 2022, the first shovelful of soil has been moved at the SK Battery park, which will become one of the largest and most advanced electric vehicle battery facilities. The facility will be responsible for the production of batteries bound for future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles beginning in 2025. The BlueOval SK Battery Park plant will create more than 5,000 jobs, and will be composed of two separate manufacturing centers. Together, these two facilities will be capable of producing more than 80 gigawatt hours annually.

Ford and SK On have invested $5.8 billion in order to produce advanced batteries for future vehicles, providing a milestone in Ford’s mission to produce two million electric vehicles annually by the end of the 2026 calendar year.

“BlueOval SK Battery Park will be at the core of the electrification of the North American auto market,” said Jee Dong-seob, SK On president and CEO. “We expect SK On and Ford’s leadership in the global electric vehicle market to be solidified through BlueOval SK.”

The 5,000 new employees will be trained at the new Elizabethtown Community and Technical College BlueOval SK Training Center, which is located on the 1,500-acre BlueOval SK campus. The curriculum consists of training on battery knowledge, roles and skills. The training facility is expected to open in 2024.

“Ford’s roots run deep in Kentucky, and BlueOval SK is going to help Ford to lead the EV revolution, bringing thousands of new, high-tech jobs to the Bluegrass State,” said Lisa Drake, vice president of Ford EV Industrialization. “Ford is building on more than a century of investment in Kentucky and its incredible workforce.”

BlueOval SK Battery Park is one part of Ford’s $7 billion investment toward future electric pickup production, with BlueOval City in Tennessee representing the second half of the ongoing projects, which were announced in 2021.

We’ll have more on Ford BlueOval SK soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. Martin K

    It will either turn into a barren wasteland or Farley will be begging for our hard earned tax dollars. Ford is down 194% on both profits and revenue because Americans aren’t buying into EVs. Toyota stated they will not heavily invest in EVs and are down only 34%. Engine rebuilding business is booming right now, $4k and you can keep your gas car on the road for another 15 years.

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    1. Jon

      Might want to recheck your math there Sparky.

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      1. Lukas

        Google shows those same numbers. Ford is -190%. I was surprised how well Toyota is doing, but they publicly rejected EVs.

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        1. RWFA

          They rejected nothing.

          They slept on a competitive advantage in hybrids and failed to be the first mover or fast follower on BEV tech.

          Now they scramble to catch up. And they will. That’s the reality not some backwards fantasy that as they are currently positioned they will be positioned in a year or two.

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    2. RWFA

      LoL the Toyota sockpuppet has returned.

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  2. Michael J Genzale

    Great! Ford investing in AMERICA! Creating high paying American jobs. An American company.
    Common Wall Street, what-the-hell is wrong with you? Get behind Ford!

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    1. Ronny

      It is not naturally market driven is the big problem, it is being forced. Ford’s own dismal financial numbers prove this. Fortunately they now won’t be able to use our hard earned tax dollars to pay for this. The numbers show Americans want big trucks, not EVs.

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      1. Jon

        Forced by whom? Or what? Hyperbole much?

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        1. Greg

          Forced by their CEO, he directly stated it in interviews.

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          1. The Gentle Grizzly

            No one is forced. Anyone Dan walk out the door of their Ford agency and by any of several other makes.

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          2. RWFA

            Please provide the quote.

            I recall Farley saying “dealers would have to choose on what they wanted to specialize in.”

            That still is three options, lead, follow, or get out of the way.

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      2. RWFA

        @Ronny
        Cool story Grover Norquist.

        But seriously, what kind of jackass roots for failure and America ceding this tech to the Chinese?
        One paid by Big Oil perhaps?

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  3. Kevin

    Honestly seems every week another huge 200+ million investments somewhere for something . How about you focus on the present. like delivering a quality product without recalls and fix deliveries promised

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    1. RWFA

      LoL would suck to have you in charge of anything.

      You would starve the future to focus exclusively on remediating past problems.

      Your organization would be lurching from one investment starved problem to the next.

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