Ford building most advanced factory for electric truck
Ford Motor Co has unveiled the high-tech factory that will produce the electric truck which uses self-driving transport sleds and robots collaborating with human workers. The new electric vehicle manufacturing operation is 500,000-square-foot at the historic Ford Rouge Center. It will provide 300 new jobs to support battery assembly and production of hybrid and battery-electric versions of its profit-rich F-150 pick-up truck.
Most advanced factory for electric truck
According to Blue Oval, the launch of the first battery-electric version of the truck will be in mid-2022. Till now its launching production of the next-generation F-150.
This plant will be the most advanced facility in the world and will go inside the Ford’s 92-year-old Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan told manufacturing chief Gary Johnson. The autonomous sledges will transport truck bodies from one station to the next whereas the robots will assemble the vehicles. The factory will be completed next summer and will start to build prototype electric F-150s.
The Ford is investing $700 million in its Rouge complex to support the production of the new F-150 lineup. Today it began building a redesigned version of its gasoline-fueled F-150, the company’s biggest moneymaker. Though it sold almost 900,000 F-Series trucks last year.
“We are proud to once again build and innovate for the future here at the Rouge with the debut of our all-new F-150 and the construction of a modern new manufacturing centre to build the first-ever all-electric F-150,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. “This year’s COVID-19 crisis made it clear why it is so important for companies like Ford to help keep our U.S. manufacturing base strong and help our country get back to work.”
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