Following a six-week-long targeted strike against the Detroit Big Three automakers, Ford reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) on a new contract in late October. That deal was later officially ratified by UAW members, paving the way for a new contract that will last until April 2028. This new deal includes an $8 billion dollar investment from Ford in its products and plants, which it will pay for by reducing inefficiencies and has been quite revealing in terms of what the future holds, as Ford Authority has covered in detail over the past few weeks, and it also means that production of an all-new Ford hybrid battery will commence at the Rawsonville Components plant at some point in the future, too.
Following a $200 million dollar investment in the Rawsonville plant, The Blue Oval plans to add capacity for a variety of batteries, various other components, and most notably, add a new Ford hybrid battery to this assembly line. Details regarding this new battery are unclear at the moment, including what kind of vehicle it may be used in, but there are some clues that could point us in the right direction. For example, hybrid versions of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are slated to join the lineup at some point in the near future – perhaps as soon as 2025, when both big SUVs are scheduled to receive some updates.
Regardless of what models this new Ford hybrid battery might wind up in, we do know that the automaker remains committed to making and selling hybrids for the foreseeable future, and expects sales of those models to continue to grow into the next decade, at the very least – however, that future lineup may focus more on traditional hybrids and less on plug-in models.