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Ford Rival Toyota To Build Three-Row EV In Kentucky

With automakers racing to develop and launch EVs in a rapidly changing market, companies like Ford are investing heavily in U.S. based production facilities, which will result in a nice tax benefit as well. That includes Ford, which is in the process of erecting the BlueOvalSK Battery Park in Kentucky, as well as the nearby BlueOval City complex in Tennessee, which will build the automaker’s next all-electric pickup, codenamed Project T3. FoMoCo will also build the forthcoming Ford Explorer EV at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada, a three-row model that’s expected to offer Pro Power Onboard, a large frunk, and a 350-mile range when it debuts in 2025. However, it certainly won’t be alone in that space, and ironically enough, Toyota plans on building a three-row EV crossover in Kentucky, the automaker just announced.

Toyota didn’t provide many details regarding this mysterious three-row EV crossover, other than the fact that it will be built at the automaker’s plant in Kentucky, with batteries that are produced in North Carolina. The future model – which will be Toyota’s very first U.S.-assembled EV – is expected to enter production in 2025, the very same time as the Explorer EV, interestingly enough.

In North Carolina, Toyota is investing $2.1 billion its battery manufacturing plant to help pay for new infrastructure that will support future expansion and the production of this new EV model. It also brings the automaker’s total investment in Toyota North Carolina to $5.9 billion.

This new model is slated to be one of 10 new EVs that Toyota plans to debut across the globe by 2026, a number that will expand to 30 all-electric vehicles by 2030. The automaker also announced that these future EVs will ride on a brand new, next-generation platform and that the company plans on doubling the range of those models compared to its existing offerings, though it stopped short of explaining how it plans to accomplish that feat.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for comprehensive Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. crabbymilton

    Doesn’t look big enough for that. Now if they would introduce a EV version of the SEQUOIA that would be something.

  2. philiptilley

    Ugly, send them back to Japan, some people will buy any crap.


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