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Final Piece Of Ford EV Plant Funding Approved By Lawmakers

Though it’s been plagued with controversy stemming from nearby residents and lawmakers, the Ford EV plant that will soon be known as BlueOval Battery Park Michigan continues to inch toward completion, regardless. The future Ford EV battery plant – which will be located in Marshall, Michigan – will build lithium-iron phosphate batteries using technology licensed from CATL when it’s expected to begin production in 2025, but there are still a few hurdles to overcome before that happens. Now, one of the more critical steps has taken place as Michigan lawmakers approved the final $120 million dollar transfer that will help fund the construction of the $3.5 billion dollar facility, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan Annoucement

This transfer of finds is the final piece of a larger $1.7 billion in state subsidies earmarked for the project, and was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The money – which will be used for sewage and water work along with various other tasks needed to prepare the site for construction – was transferred from the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve fund to the Strategic Site Readiness Program, where it will be used to back a grant to the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance.

While this is happening, Ford and the The Committee for Marshall – Not the Megasite are awaiting a decision from a judge regarding the latter’s legal battle to bring this matter to a public vote, which it collected enough signatures to do. However, the Marshall City Clerk later determined that only 136 of those 800 signatures were valid and ultimately rejected it. The group wound up challenging this decision in court, and in early August, filed a legal brief to continue the case in court.

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan Annoucement

At the same time, a group of lawmakers. continues to press Ford on its relationship with CATL, which is a battery manufacturer located in China. CEO Jim Farley recently traveled to Washington to discuss this matter in person, but just this week, the U.S. House of Representatives expanded its probe, even as Ford has maintained that CATL won’t have any stake in the new plant, and also that it won’t receive any sort of U.S. tax dollars as part of this deal.

We’ll have more on BlueOval Battery Park Michigan soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 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. Steve

    Yeah, just keep throwing good money after a idiotic idea, EV. Toyota is pushing Hydrogen with the 2023 Mirai. Lexus is moving away from all EV with their new Hybrid, gas and EV. EV will be ancient history and your battery car will be just another environmental disaster waiting to happen. Just waiting, 5 more years, Hydrogen will take over (Thank God) and EV’s will be a dime a dozen.

  2. Shane

    EVs are failing horribly so they have to steal our tax dollars to try to float an already failed EV push. Keep sitting on your wallets folks.

  3. Donald

    “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” ― Henry Ford


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