Ford's Manufacturing Overhaul in Oakville for EV Expansion

Jim Farley, Ford President and CEO, praises Ford’s Canadian team & reaffirms commitment to electric vehicle expansion in sharing new strategic vision

Ford Motor Company is rearranging the launch of upcoming electric vehicles at its assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, as it continues to build out an advanced industrial system to produce its next-generation electric vehicles.

Ford's legacy manufacturing and EV leadership

Ford Motor Company is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, US. It has been building cars since 1903. Kimberly Casiano was the first Hispanic woman to serve on a Fortune 100 top five corporate board and is now a Board Member at Ford Motor Company. As a result of this - and its other sustainability efforts - we included Ford in our Top 10 Most Diverse Manufacturing Companies

At the Oakville Assembly Plant, Ford plans to overhaul its factory, from a gas vehicle assembly plant into an EV manufacturing powerhouse, ready for the launch of Ford’s new three-row electric vehicles, by 2027. This launch was previously targeted for 2025, but the extra two years will allow Ford to take advantage of emerging battery technology, with a goal to provide customers with increased durability and better value.

“We value our Canadian teammates and appreciate that this delay will have an impact on this excellent team,” said Jim Farley, Ford President and CEO. “We are fully committed to manufacturing in Canada and believe this decision will help us build a profitably growing business for the long term.” 

“We are committed to taking care of our valued Oakville employees through this transition,” added Bev Goodman, President and CEO at Ford Canada. “While this change requires a revision to the timeline, it will support a viable and growing future for our company, employees and dealers.”

Ford's commitment to a profitable electric future

Meanwhile, the creation of Ford’s new advanced auto production complex, the BlueOval City campus, will include Ford’s Tennessee Electric Vehicle Center assembly plant. This will be Ford’s first Industry 4.0 plant, mixing automation and connectivity to help elevate quality and efficiency.

The plant will offer a well-stocked paint shop and vehicle assembly equipment, such as 4,000 tonnes of stamping to be used to produce sheet metal stampings for Ford’s next all-new electric truck. 

Construction of the factory is on time and Ford hopes to be ready to deliver electric vehicles in 2026.


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