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Ford EV Battery Plant Construction Paused

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan was officially announced back in February as a facility slated to begin building lithium-iron phosphate batteries in 2025 using licensed technology from China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL). The $3.5 billion dollar plant was slated to employ around 2,500 people to start, and would add 35 gigawatt hours per year of new battery capacity for FoMoCo in the U.S. However, the future site – slated to be built in Marshall, Michigan, has since drawn criticism from local residents and politicians alike, who have questioned its impact on the community and potential Chinese ties. Regardless, FoMoCo secured funding for the plant from the state and got the legal OK to proceed, in spite of lawsuits and increasing government scrutiny. Now, however, Ford has paused construction at the BlueOval Battery Park Michigan site, according to The Detroit News.

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan Annoucement

“We’re pausing work, and we’re going to limit spending on construction at Marshall until we’re confident about our ability to competitively run the plant,” Ford spokesman T.R. Reid said in a statement, adding that a “number of considerations” played into this decision. “We haven’t made a final decision about the investment there.”

Reid didn’t indicate if Ford’s ongoing contract discussions with the on-strike United Auto Workers (UAW) union played any sort of role in this decision, though it’s worth noting that job security among the ongoing EV transition is one of the biggest sticking points in that discussion. Regardless, the construction pause takes effect today, and it’s unclear when or if it might resume.

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan Annoucement

Last month, the group The Committee for Marshall – Not the Megasite filed a legal brief to continue its case in court that aimed to stop construction at the new battery plant, as well as bring the matter of whether or not it should be built to a public vote. At the same time, a group of lawmakers. continues to press Ford on its relationship with CATL. CEO Jim Farley recently traveled to Washington to discuss this matter in person, but regardless, 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 the future of BlueOval Battery Park Michigan soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop 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. David Dickinson II

    I’ll repeat my comment that I made on this site a few days ago. The UAW is going to win the battle with this strike and lose the war. They will get lots of concessions, but new factories will be built in locations that aren’t unionized. Here, we have Exhibit #1.

  2. Tigger

    This plant is a Ford subsidiary, not a regular Ford Motor Company auto plant. Ford probably offered the UAW an in but at a lower wage rate. Ford may be saying “here’s the final offer, take it or we’ll cancel the plant.”

  3. Cigna

    A joint venture with a Chinese company, I would not be upset if this project is permanently cancelled.

    1. Tigger

      Hopefully you are just as upset about Ford importing the Lincoln Nataulis from China as well.

  4. G O PEE

    Send that factory and jobs back to CHY-NA

    1. Tigger

      That may be the case, but the batteries (and eventually complete vehicles) will come from China instead of the US. I wish that our industrial infrastructure was not sold out to foreign interests as well, but that issue is moot now after decades of poor leadership in this country. Like it or not, the Chinese is the dominant manufacturing country in the world, and they are also catching up with engineering and design. Unfortunately, if you want the jobs in the US instead of China, you will have to play ball with them. I don’t like the industrial landscape, but that is the way it is until our politicians decide to scale back on the draconian regulations and let the free market decide what vehicles will be made.

      If anyone can be blamed, it is GM and Ford for importing Chinese vehicles into the US.


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