Ford is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to Electric and Hybrid Vehicles.
Ford Motor Company announced that they will be focusing $1.45 Billion into the Southeastern Campuses of Wayne and Dearborn in regards to their vehicles based in the electric and autonomous section. This major investment obviously comes shortly after the advancements being brought forward in Corktown with the automaker’s upcoming Detroit campus.
The investment will also focus on adding a new “electric battery assembly facility and a facility to modify Ford Bronco and Ranger trucks and SUVs with self-driving technology and interiors compatible with autonomous driving” at the Wayne Plant, according to Industry Week, and the Dearborn Plant, which focuses on F-150 and Raptor trucks, “Ford will add 300 jobs and invest $700 million to manufacture electrified F-150s—both hybrids and full electric models. The investment includes a new facility to assemble battery cells into battery packs for the electrified vehicles.”
According to The Detroit News, “Job openings will start to be posted on Ford’s careers website in 2020. A high school diploma is not required, but candidates must successfully complete an online pre-employment assessment, drug screen, physical and background check. The automaker will also work with Michigan Works! and other job agencies.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who announced the exciting news said “This is great news for Michigan auto workers, their families, and our economy as a whole,” according to CBS. “I’m glad Ford recognizes that Michigan is home to some of the most innovative, hardworking people in the world, and has opened up opportunities for 3,000 new good-paying jobs in our state. Today’s announcement proves that in Michigan, the state that put the world on wheels, we’re ready to build, test, and deploy the cars of the future. Let’s get to work.”
“At Ford, we are investing aggressively in building on our strengths today—including trucks and SUVs—while at the same time expanding our leadership into electric and autonomous vehicles,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of Automotive, said in a release cited by Curbed.
With Detroit’s continued committal to be a smarter city, it is another stepping stone toward an increased technological advancement and will add more jobs along the way, which is a win-win for everyone.