Ford today said it is resuming construction of BlueOval Battery Park Michigan in the southwest part of the state, and continues to expect the plant to begin production of lithium ion phosphate, or LFP, batteries for electric vehicles – at a smaller scale than originally planned – in 2026. The project, first announced in February, was paused in late September while the company reassessed its economics.
Today, Ford issued a statement confirming that it will complete the plant in Marshall, Mich., part of a commitment to create thousands of American jobs by building both LFP and nickel cobalt manganese (NCM) EV batteries in the U.S. – the latter at the BlueOval SK Battery Park under construction near Louisville, Kentucky.
Read the statement below:
DEARBORN, Michigan, Nov. 21, 2023 – While we remain bullish on our long-term strategy for electric vehicles, we are re-timing and resizing some investments. As stated previously, we have been evaluating BlueOval Battery Park Michigan in Marshall. We are pleased to confirm we are moving ahead with the Marshall project, consistent with the Ford+ plan for growth and value creation. However, we are right-sizing as we balance investment, growth, and profitability. The facility will now create more than 1,700 good-paying American jobs to produce a planned capacity of approximately 20 GWh. We still expect BlueOval Battery Park Michigan to be the first of Ford’s battery plants of this kind when it begins producing LFP battery cells starting in 2026.