Ford has announced an additional investment of $100 million in its Kansas City Assembly Plant in order to build its new E-Transit electric vehicle beginning in 2021.
The effort, announced in a recent news release, will bring approximately 150 new full-time jobs to begin producing the all-new E-Transit. This follows an earlier announcement of 300 jobs and a $700 million investment in building the all-new F-150 and all-electric F-150 at the Kansas City and Dearborn plants. The all-electric F-150, which will be assembled at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Mich., arrives in mid-2022.
Ford is building out its manufacturing footprint across North America, working with local and national governments, to lead the transition to electric vehicles and meet consumer demand in the coming years. Electric vehicles are a key part of Ford’s commitment to meet the requirements of the Paris Accord and achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2050.
“We’re taking our most iconic vehicles and using fully electric technology to deliver even more performance, productivity and capability for customers,” said Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas and International Markets Group. “We are building out the North American manufacturing footprint to support this growth. This is just the first chapter with more new electric vehicles and more investment to come.”
The electric van investment in Kansas City is in addition to the $300 million Ford invested for the launch this year of the all-new F-150 at that plant. The plant employs approximately 7,500 workers.
“Ford’s strategy is different we are delivering affordable, capable electric vehicles in the heart of the retail and commercial market rather than six-figure status vehicles,” Galhotra said. “With the stunning Mustang Mach-E SUV, an all-electric F-150 and the new E-Transit, our first wave of EVs in North America will introduce a whole new generation to EVs.”
Given the strong, early interest in Ford’s all-electric F-150 since the September announcement, Ford is now increasing production plans by 50 percent versus original plans. To deliver more fully electric trucks, Ford will add 200 new jobs, in addition to the 300 jobs previously announced for the new electric F-150.
Ford spends more than $5 billion annually on engineering in America, which includes the development of the all-new, fully electric Transit, F-150, and the all-new Mustang Mach-E.