The Ford Oakville Assembly plant in Canada currently produces the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus for North America, but that facility will stop building both in early 2024. As Ford Authority originally reported in 2020, the Oakville plant is expected to replace those models with all-electric versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator crossovers in 2025 following a complete retooling in 2024. Now, The Blue Oval has officially confirmed that the Ford Oakville Assembly plant will indeed build next-generation EVs following its forthcoming transformation into the Oakville Electric Vehicle Complex.
“Canada and the Oakville complex will play a vital role in our Ford+ transformation” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “It will be a modern, super-efficient, vertically integrated site for battery and vehicle assembly. I’m most excited for the world to see the incredible next-generation electric and fully digitally connected vehicles produced in Oakville.”
To complete this process, Ford will invest $1.8 billion ($1.3 billion USD) in the Canadian plant, with a retooling currently scheduled to begin in Q2 of 2024. That transformation will include the addition of a new 407,000 square-foot on-site battery plant that will utilize cells and arrays from BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky, which workers will utilize to assemble battery packs that will then be installed in vehicles produced at the facility.
“Ford’s transformation from gas to electric vehicles is well underway,” said said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada. “Once complete, the Oakville Electric Vehicle Complex will secure thousands of well-paying jobs for our hard-working Canadian autoworkers and boost the competitiveness of Canada’s auto sector. The partnership between Ford and Canada helps to position us as a global leader in the EV supply chain for decades to come.”
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After this transformation, the only thing Ford will have to do is to *sell* these expensive large SUVs…
Stay tuned fro Part Two!
Imagine how much an electric Navigator will cost? Holy crap.
Hey Murray and Buy American,
Don’t worry, Joe Biden is going to give you a credit and/or a rebate! Then it’ll be like getting your EV for FREE.
Let’s Go Brandon!!