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Ford breaks ground on $5.8B battery factory in Kentucky to grow its output to 2M EVs per year

Ford breaks ground for massive $5.8 billion battery plant in Kentucky that will boost company production to 2 million electric cars a year and add 5,000 new jobs

  • Ford and SK On have broken ground on a $5.8 billion battery factory site in Kentucky
  • The 1,500-acre site will employ 5,000 workers and collectively produce more than 80 gigawatt hours per year
  • “At the BlueOval SK Battery Park, we are building the future – state-of-the-art batteries for future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles,” said Ford.
  • Workers will be trained at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) BlueOval SK Training Center, located on site

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Ford today broke ground for a $5.8 billion battery plant in Kentucky that will help the automaker produce 2 million electric vehicles a year.

The massive 1,500 acre site – being built as part of a partnership with SK On – will have two battery facilities to collectively produce more than 80 gigawatt hours per year and will employ 5,000 workers.

“Ford’s roots are deep in Kentucky, and BlueOval SK will help Ford lead the EV revolution and bring thousands of new, high-tech jobs to the Bluegrass State,” said Lisa Drake, vice president, Ford EV Industrialization.

Ford Today Broke Ground For A $5.8 Billion Battery Plant In Kentucky That Will Help The Automaker Produce 2 Million Electric Vehicles A Year

Ford today broke ground for a $5.8 billion battery plant in Kentucky that will help the automaker produce 2 million electric vehicles a year

The Massive 1,500 Hectare Site - Being Built As Part Of A Partnership With Sk On - Will Have Two Battery Facilities To Collectively Produce More Than 80 Gigawatt Hours Per Year And Will Employ 5,000 Workers

The Massive 1,500 Hectare Site - Being Built As Part Of A Partnership With Sk On - Will Have Two Battery Facilities To Collectively Produce More Than 80 Gigawatt Hours Per Year And Will Employ 5,000 Workers

The massive 1,500 hectare site – being built as part of a partnership with SK On – will have two battery facilities to collectively produce more than 80 gigawatt hours per year and will employ 5,000 workers

“Ford is building on more than a century of investment in Kentucky and its incredible workforce.”

The factories in Glendale, Kentucky will start production in 2025.

“At BlueOval SK Battery Park, we are building the future – state-of-the-art batteries for future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles and a bright future for the Kentucky workforce,” said David Hahm, CEO of BlueOval SK.

“To produce these batteries, we need a leading workforce trained in the latest batteries and advanced manufacturing technology.”

The 5,000 new employees will be trained at the new Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) BlueOval SK Training Center, located on the large site.

The curriculum within the 42,000 square foot training facility supports the battery knowledge, roles and skills.

According to a press release from the automaker, BlueOval SK will train employees in SK On engineering, quality and manufacturing processes in the ECTC BlueOval SK Training Center’s virtual reality labs, industrial maintenance lab, work simulation lab and ergonomics classrooms.

“Kentucky and Ford’s partnership goes back more than a century to the early days of the auto industry,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

“That bond grows even stronger today as we break new ground at Ford and SK On’s BlueOval SK Battery Park in Hardin County. As both the largest economic development project in our state’s history and part of Ford’s largest-ever investment, this project cements Kentucky’s status as the electric vehicle manufacturing capital of the United States.”

SK On and Hyundai Motor are about to sign a memorandum of understanding to invest approximately $1.88 billion in a joint venture that will produce enough batteries to power approximately 300,000 electric vehicles. The new plant is likely to be located in Georgia, near Hyundai’s EV assembly plant.

“Kentucky And Ford'S Partnership Goes Back More Than A Century To The Early Days Of The Auto Industry,” Said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

“Kentucky And Ford'S Partnership Goes Back More Than A Century To The Early Days Of The Auto Industry,” Said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

“Kentucky and Ford’s partnership goes back more than a century to the early days of the auto industry,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

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