Check Out Ford’s Next Electric Truck ‘Project T3’ – Built at BlueOval City!
Ford, which is currently the second most popular EV brand in the United States, is making progress with the development of its BlueOval City mega-campus. This project is set to mark a new era of American innovation and manufacturing. The West Tennessee based electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility is scheduled to start production in 2025. It will be the production site for Ford's next-generation electric truck, known as Project T3. The facility will have the capacity to produce up to 500,000 EV trucks annually once it reaches full production.
Ford's new "BlueOval City" model will lead the way for the company's global electric vehicle production, prioritizing environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality. The project, in collaboration with SK On, will create 6,000 new jobs with a $5.6 billion investment. To prepare for this initiative, Ford has launched BlueOval Learning for education and training. The company aims to power all global plants with renewable and carbon-free electricity by 2035.
Ford CEO, Jim Farley, believes that Project T3 will revolutionize the American truck industry by combining Ford's extensive knowledge of trucks with electric vehicle, software and aerodynamics expertise. The manufacturing process will be simple, cost-effective and technologically advanced, making BlueOval City the factory of the future. The project will also draw visitors from around the world. Farley compared the new truck to the Millennium Falcon, complete with a back porch.
Ford is aiming to increase the production and availability of electric vehicles to customers worldwide by targeting a production run rate of 2 million EVs annually by the end of 2026. As a part of this plan, BlueOval City holds significant importance for Ford.
Ford's F-150 Lightning has transformed people's perceptions about electric pickups. Under Project T3, the company is expanding its electric truck line and building a new assembly plant to increase production capacity and reduce assembly footprint. The team aims to deliver the same innovation and capability in their new electric truck with less complexity.
Project T3 is working to create a reliable and versatile truck for the digital age. The manufacturing plant will use carbon-free electricity and recovered energy to reduce its carbon footprint. This will save around 300 million cubic feet of natural gas per year.
Ford's new utility system will conserve 50 million gallons of water annually. The campus operates without fresh water in assembly processes and is a zero-waste-to-landfill facility. A stormwater management system will be built to protect the environment. The campus includes a BlueOval SK battery manufacturing area that will provide battery cells, arrays, and packs to the assembly plant within 30 minutes.
BlueOval City is building an on-site supplier park and upfit center for Ford trucks. This will include popular features for the trucks before they are released. The campus will also have a Lowe's store, two construction equipment rental companies, and three concrete batch plants to reduce congestion and emissions.
Ford's BlueOval Learning program aims to prepare individuals for new jobs in BlueOval City, empowering future workers to build an EV future in America. It will strengthen skills, provide teacher support, increase work-based learning experiences, and include talent development.
Ford is launching BlueOval Learning to prepare people for new jobs at BlueOval City and to empower them to build an EV future in America. The program will enhance skills, offer teacher support, and increase work-based learning opportunities. Key elements include:
- Ford is supporting K-12 schools and universities to expand STEM-related curricula and infrastructure
- Ford will offer mechatronics training equipment and program development to schools in Haywood, Tipton, and Lauderdale counties, promoting advanced manufacturing education in the local area
- Ford will expand certifications and dual-enrollment opportunities for high school students to help kick-start their careers
- Ford will collaborate with colleges and universities to create experiential learning opportunities like co-ops and internships
- Ford to collaborate with colleges for providing training in advanced technologies including EVs, battery manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing
- The BlueOval City TCAT is a modern training center worth $40 million that provides quality education resources and training programs. It was established in collaboration with the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology