Ford is preparing to manufacture its next-generation electric truck at the BlueOval City mega-campus in Tennessee, US, in 2025, Kallanish reports.
The carmaker said on Friday the so-called Project T3 is an opportunity “to revolutionise America’s truck,” offering customers a truck they can trust in the digital age. The code name, which stands for “Trust The Truck,” reflects a fully updatable vehicle, constantly improving and supporting towing, hauling and exportable power, it adds.
The new truck plant in the 3,600-acre mega-campus is planned to produce 500,000 units/year at full capacity. Thanks to “radical simplicity and cost efficiency” in the manufacturing process, Ford says the plant will have a 30% smaller general assembly footprint than traditional facilities, enabling higher production capacity.
Further details of the truck are yet to be unveiled, but ceo Jim Farley says the new line-up addition combines “100 years of Ford truck know-how with world-class electric vehicle, software and aerodynamics talent.” He adds: “It will be a platform for endless innovation and capability.”
The BlueOval City site in Stanton, Tennessee, will house both vehicles and battery manufacturing, as well as a supplier park. Joint venture partners Ford and South Korea’s SK On are investing $5.6 billion to build a 43 gigawatt-hour battery gigafactory to supply Ford’s EVs from 2025.
The JV, which is also building twin gigafactories in Kentucky with a combined capacity of 86 GWh/y, plans to produce enough batteries to power around 1.2 million Ford F-150 Lightning pick-up trucks.
With the new truck confirmation and Ford’s general ambition to produce 2m BEVs by the end of 2026, it’s unclear whether the JV might consider new investments to expand capacity.
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