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$185 million investment adds momentum to Michigan’s emergence as EV R&D and manufacturing leader
Ford today announced a $185 million investment to establish a new global battery center of excellence – called Ford Ion Park – in southeast Michigan. Ford Ion Park will be home to a cross-functional team to drive high-volume battery cell delivery, better range and lower costs for customers. The announcement is the latest in a growing number of OEMs and major suppliers choosing Michigan as the home for EV research and development efforts, as well as vehicle manufacturing.
“This $185 million investment will bolster our economy, attract innovative talent to Michigan, and help us continue to lead the world in advanced mobility and manufacturing,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Ford is an American icon that has left its mark on the world over a century, and with this new facility and their research, they will shape the next century while reducing emissions and accelerating electrification.”
Ford is building on nearly two decades of battery expertise by centralizing a cross-functional team of 150 experts in battery technology development, research, manufacturing, planning, purchasing, quality and finance to help Ford more quickly develop and manufacture battery cells and batteries.
Read the full announcement here.
Since December of 2019, Ford has announced nearly $2.5 billion in investment in Michigan largely around electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturing. They also represent more than 3,700 new jobs for Michigan’s manufacturing workforce. Other recent announcements by Ford include:
Ford is also transforming the historic, Michigan Central Station and several adjacent properties in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood into an innovation hub for Ford’s vision for the future of transportation. Projects like these, in partnership with the efforts of the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, ensure Michigan remains the home for economic opportunity as well as mobility solutions for today and the future.
And while autonomous vehicles dominated the mobility landscape in recent years, the past year has seen the rise of the electric vehicle. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that global EV sales will quintuple between 2018 and 2025 and each of Michigan's Big Three auto manufacturers has identified strategies to lead in that growth.
Michigan remains well positioned to capitalize on this tailwind toward EV R&D and vehicle manufacturing, securing a slate of recent projects that will only continue strengthen and grow the automotive ecosystem in the coming years.
“Michigan has the expertise and collaborative ecosystem to ensure companies can innovate and develop future transportation solutions and then bring those solutions to life with a workforce that builds and assembles the best vehicles driving the roads today,” said Josh Hundt, Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Ford’s global battery center of excellence demonstrates the strength of the talent in the state’s R&D and automotive sectors and will drive new advancements in future mobility and EV manufacturing right here in Michigan.”
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