Kansas City to Assemble All-Electric Ford E-Transit

Ken Zino of AutoInformed.com on Ford's movement toward a green economy COVID-19 Liquity

E-Transit, to be revealed Thursday, is part of Ford’s $11.5 billion-plus investment in electrification through 2022.

Ford Motor Company announced today that its Kansas City Assembly Plant will build the all-new E-Transit van, part of a more than $3.2 billion investment in Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities to produce a series of new electric vehicles for commercial and retail customers. It’s ironic that the transition to a carbon-free economy and the jobs it is now creating in the US auto industry comes in part because of the ousted Trump Administration’s anti-environmental policies that are at odds with a global trend toward healing the earth that is being reinforced by regulators. Ford spends more than $5 billion annually on engineering in America, which includes the development of the all-new, fully electric Transit, the F-150, and the all-new Mustang Mach-E.

Ford’s is changing 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 meet the requirements of the Paris Accord – which President elect Biden will rejoin – and achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2050.

“This announcement is good news for our families, our hardworking UAW members, and our economy as a whole. Ford’s latest investment will create hundreds of new, good-paying jobs for Michigan workers and help us solidify our status as the automotive capital of the world,” said Michigan Governor Whitmer.

E-Transit, to be revealed Thursday, is part of Ford’s $11.5 billion-plus investment in electrification through 2022. E-Transit is part of Ford’s more than $11.5 billion global investment in electrification through 2022. The Mustang Mach-E starts reaching customers next month. Ford is also investing ~$150 million in Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., to make e-motors and e-transaxles for new electric vehicles, including the all-electric F-150. This will retain 225 jobs, in the sad press release language common at American car companies that remain fighting defensive moves against a global auto business increasingly populated by new or substantially revised companies and alliances.

Ford is also increasing production plans for the fully electric F-150 at the Rouge Plant in Dearborn, adding 200 permanent jobs in addition to a previously announced 300 jobs and part of a $700 million investment in building the all-new F-150 and all-electric F-150. Kansas City and Dearborn plants, together with Oakville, Ontario and Cuautitlan, Mexico, assembly plants, are part of  the first phase of Ford’s growing North American electric vehicle plans.

The all-electric F-150, which will be assembled at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Mich., arrives in mid-2022. The E-Transit arrives in late 2021.

 

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Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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