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Ford begins production on new F-150, breaks ground on center to build all-electric truck

Ford begins production on new F-150, breaks ground on center to build all-electric truck
Posted at 9:33 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 09:33:00-04
DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) —

Ford Motor Company announced Thursday that production of the all-new F-150 will begin at the Rouge Center, and the groundbreaking of the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where the all-electric F-150 will be built in 2022.

The new manufacturing center at the Rouge Center will add 300 jobs and is part of a $700 million investment in building the new F-150 lineup.

“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 center to build the first-ever all-electric F-150,” Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a release. “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.”

Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center
Rendering of the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center which will produce the electric F-150. Courtesy Ford Motor Company.

As for the all-new F-150, it's expected to hit dealers in November, and it will feature new connected vehicle innovations and have a 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid powertrain with Pro Power Onboard, an integrated power generator.

“The critical launch of the all-new F-150 is now underway -- on time and with the Built Ford Tough quality our customers demand to get the job done,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer and incoming CEO. “F-Series pickups are the backbone of work and productivity across the country. And now we are preparing to build a fully electric version of America’s most popular vehicle, and it will be a seriously capable, purpose-built tool for serious truck customers.”

The electric F-150 is going through testing and is expected to be the most-powerful F-150 available when its released.