Ford Opens BlueOval City, Home of F-150 Lightning Successor

Ford has opened BlueOval City, a huge complex that is expected to produce batteries and an all-new electric truck, the successor to the critically acclaimed Ford F-150 Lightning. The groundbreaking came less than a year after Ford and SK On announced a $5.6 billion investment in West Tennessee.

BlueOval City is expected to be Ford’s largest and most advanced automotive production complex in its 119-year history. Like Tesla’s new Gigafactories, BlueOval City will also produce batteries. The batteries that will be manufactured at the production complex will be used for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

As Ford noted in a Press release, BlueOval City will span nearly 6 square miles. It is also expected to create around 6,000 new jobs when production begins in 2025. Ford, which rightfully bills itself as America’s second-largest electric vehicle brand, expects the new complex to help the company get closer to its goal of reaching 2 million electric vehicles. global production rate by the end of 2026.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee noted that the production complex would have a noticeable positive impact on the state. “Ford’s historic investment in West Tennessee is a testament to our state’s strong business climate and unparalleled workforce. BlueOval City will have a transformational impact on Tennesseans and our economy, and we are proud to have this global company come to Haywood County,” said Lee.

Work at the complex has progressed considerably over the past few months. Since March, crews have moved more than 4.6 million cubic meters of soil. Nearly 370,000 tons of stone were also laid, and more than 4,600 deep foundations were installed.

Ford’s effort to build BlueOval City makes a lot of sense, especially given the wide acclaim the company’s new electric vehicles, such as the F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E, have received so far. If so, Ford’s electric vehicles today show that the demand for electric cars is there. And with rivals like Tesla also moving aggressively, BlueOval City would likely become an ace for the veteran automaker.

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Ford Opens BlueOval City, Home of F-150 Lightning Successor

Robert M. Larson