Below is a Ford Motor Company statement regarding the upcoming visit to the Rouge site on May 18 by President Joe Biden:
“We’re honored to host President Biden at Ford Motor Company and excited to preview for him the new F-150 Lightning and the exciting technologies that made it possible. Electrifying America’s best-selling vehicle is a milestone in our country’s transition to cleaner transportation. The F-150 Lightning will be built by UAW workers at an innovative, green plant on the historic Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan.”
Ford is America’s No. 1 auto manufacturer, assembling more vehicles and employing more hourly workers in the U.S. than any other automaker. With dealerships in every state, and more than 5,300 U.S.-based supplier sites, Ford builds in America, for America.
Ford believes that making truly connected, fully electric vehicles for our customers, investing in America, combatting climate change, and maintaining a strong business are complementary goals. We are proud to be the first full-line automaker to bring all-electric full-size pickup trucks and commercial vans to customers in the U.S. The E-Transit will be available to customers later this year, the F-150 Lightning will be by mid-2022, and both will be assembled in the U.S. by UAW workers.
Ford is a sustainability leader – committed to sourcing 100% renewable energy for our global operations by 2035 and being fully carbon neutral worldwide by 2050, consistent with the Paris Climate Accord. Ford is the only full-line U.S. automaker to stand with California in support of stronger standards for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
Ford is committed to investing more than $22 billion in vehicle electrification through 2025, including $700 million to expand our pickup truck manufacturing in Dearborn, Michigan, with the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center to produce the F-150 Lightning. In April, Ford announced an additional $185 million investment to create Ford Ion Park in Southeast Michigan, a collaborative learning lab dedicated to developing, testing and building vehicle battery cells and cell arrays and an additional investment in Solid Power, a recognized leader in solid-state battery technology, based in Colorado.