Ford building electric vehicle manufacturing center at Rouge plant
An artist rendering of Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan
Ford Motor Co.

Ford building electric vehicle manufacturing center at Rouge plant

F-150 EV pickup to be the most powerful version of the vehicle in the Ford lineup.

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Dearborn, Michigan – By 2022, the most powerful Ford F-150 pickup won’t feature a V-8 or a twin-turbo EcoBoost engine.It will be electric.

The automaker isn’t sharing specifications on the truck yet (it typically guards those closely until vehicle launch). However, they did confirm that the electric version of the country’s best-selling vehicle will have more horsepower and torque than any of its existing engine options.

Incoming Ford CEO Jim Farley said, “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.”

To build the new truck, Ford has begun construction on the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, a 300-job facility within the Rouge Center, Ford’s massive plant near Dearborn that makes traditional versions of the F-150. It’s part of a $700 million plant upgrade that will also support at hybrid-electric version of the 2021 F-150.

“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,” said Ford Chairman Bill Ford. “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.”

Features on the F-150EV will include:

  • Mobile power generation so customers can use their trucks as a power source for places from campsites to jobsites when needed
  • Dual electric motors for fast acceleration and the ability to tow heavy trailers
  • 40% lower lifetime cost of operation thanks to reduced maintenance costs
  • A giant front trunk