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Ford Is Heavily Invested In Electric Vehicles, But That Comes At A Tradeoff

Ford F-150 Lightning electric vehicle EV
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Ford Motor Company is deeply invested in a high-stakes EV arms race, with $30+ billion USD on the line through 2025. Most recently the Michigan automaker announced a massive, $11.4 billion investment in Kentucky and Tennessee to create nearly 11,000 new jobs – divided between 6,000 in Stanton, Tennessee, and 5,000 in Glendale, Kentucky. The investment is the largest ever in America at one time by any OEM. This huge investment will go towards the production of future F-Series and other electric vehicles and advanced lithium-ion batteries starting 2025. The deal was announced in conjunction with SK Innovation.

However. Ford has to see a return on such a lofty investment. And Ford CEO Jim Farley and his team are left with this new puzzle that they, and the rest of the auto industry at-large, have been trying to solve. According to a recent Detroit News interview with the man, Farley is more than aware on the tradeoffs of an all electric future.

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Ice White Edition
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Electric Vehicle Ultimatums

Electric vehicles such as the Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E, which are capable and ambitious by any measure, present a new set of problems for OEMs. They’re more expensive to buy, which is shying core market customers away. And they’re more expensive to produce, which means a greater risk of capital for anybody that dares to build one. And that’s to say nothing of the shoddy supply chain issues.

With governments railroading the industry into electrification in the name of saving the planet, automakers like Ford, GM, Stellantis, Rivian, and others are simply left with an ultimatum: to build and sell zero-emission vehicles, whether it’s the right thing to do or not.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Truck
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Ford CEO Jim Farley Touches On Impacts Of Mining

In the story with The Detroit News, Farley believes that the United States needs to “get serious” about mining the raw materials needed for electric vehicles, which may not be a pleasant pill to swallow.

“We have to bring battery production here, but the supply chain has to go all the way to the mines. That’s where the real cost is and people in the U.S. don’t want mining in their neighborhoods,” said Farley, in the report.

“So are we going to import lithium and pull cobalt from nation-states that have child labor and all sorts of corruption or are we going to get serious about mining? … We have to solve these things and we don’t have much time.”

Indeed, the stakes are high, and the truth remains heavy.

Ford CEO Jim Farley believes that more sub-brands are on the way after the success of the Bronco Sport and the Mustang Mach-E
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Written by Cody U.

Cody is a Tennessee-based media professional with a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He has spent time as a country radio morning show producer and currently writes for MC&T as an outlet to geek out over cool cars, trucks, and utility vehicles.

Originally from California Cody has an appreciation for all-electric vehicles but a soft spot for the rumble of an all-American V8 muscle car. His dream car remains a 2007 Ford Mustang Bullitt. His fascination with all things cars stems from countless trips to car shows and watching car movies, of course.

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