Following a roughly six-week long targeted strike against Ford, the United Auto Workers (UAW) came to an agreement on a new tentative contract with the automaker late last month. Shortly thereafter, The Blue Oval’s cross-town rivals – General Motors and Stellantis – followed suit, effectively ending the strike. While this agreement must still be voted on by UAW-represented workers before it can officially take effect, thus far, three Ford plants have done precisely that, and we already know that the automaker will invest a considerable sum of money in its existing facilities and current/future products as part of the agreement. There’s quite a bit of interesting information contained within the details of this investment, including a possible move for the second-generation Ford E-Transit.
According to this product roadmap released by the UAW, an “all-new EV van” is set to be added to the Ohio Assembly plant, which currently builds and will continue to build medium duty trucks, the Ford Super Duty, and the Ford E-Series cutaway and chassis cab models. It’s unclear what this new EV van might be, but it’s quite possible that this document refers to the second-generation Ford E-Transit. Currently, that model is produced at the Kansas City Assembly plant, but the UAW’s document notes that production of the “Transit EV will continue through its planned product lifecycle” – meaning that it could end there once the first-gen model has run its course.
As Ford Authority reported back in September 2022, the Ohio Assembly plant is set to receive $205 million in state incentives, at least part of which will go toward “a new commercial-focused all-electric vehicle” slated to be built there. Meanwhile, the second-generation Ford E-Transit is expected to enter production in early 2026, according to another recent report.