Ford Breaks Ground on New Electric F-150 Plant: Production To Start In 2022
The Blue Oval Doubles Down On American Manufacturing.
At a ceremony today celebrating the start of production of the new 2021 F-150 pickup, Ford also confirmed construction of the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center will be built alongside the Dearborn Truck Plant at the historic Rouge Center. Once complete, the new facility will add about 300 jobs that will support battery production and assembly of the PowerBoost hybrid F-150 and all-electric F-150 pickups.
Ford also released data on the impact of F-Series on American jobs. The company claims that up to 14 American jobs are supported by every 1 F-Series employee. That equates to about 500,000 jobs attributed to F-Series alone. And overall, Ford supports 1,000,000 American jobs. This includes every person involved in the production of a Ford vehicle, or vehicle component, from its initial design, through manufacturing, and until it lands in your driveway.
Ford also dropped more interesting facts about F-Series, including that the pickup line alone has contributed nearly $50 billion to the U.S. GDP. And that the F-Series franchise alone generates more revenue than other major corporations, such as McDonalds, Nike, Coca-Cola, and Visa.
The biggest piece of news, that we care about anyway, was the few new nuggets regarding the 2022 all-electric F-150. We've known this battery-electric pickup is coming for some time, as Ford has even shown prototypes before (remember the train stunt).
We now know that the truck will have dual electric motors for propulsion, one at the front and one at the back. It's targets to have more horsepower and torque than any F-150 available today and be the fastest accelerating F-150 as well. The truck will also have the ability to tow "heavy trailers." The new electric F-150 will also debut new technology that will allow the truck to act as a mobile power generator, which allows customers to use it to power everything from the campsite to the jobsite. But most importantly, Ford confirmed that the electric 2022 F-150 will come with a "giant front-trunk" for more storage and stashing of valuable items out of sight. Ford is also targeting a "total cost of ownership" for the all-electric F-150 that is 40 percent less than that of a similar gas-powered truck.
Ford says the electric F-150 is currently undergoing tens of thousands of hours of torture testing. And the company is targeting millions of miles of simulated, laboratory, and real-world testing. Production is slated to begin on the electric F-150 in early 2022 with the truck on dealer lots by mid-2022.