As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Ford is set to debut its new E-Transit electric van tomorrow. An announcement was made yesterday regarding the Transit’s production location. And the new van brings along some cash, and jobs as well.
Claycomo, Kansas is now the confirmed production location of the E-Transit, as announced by Ford. Ford will spend $100 million to add E-Transit production alongside the plant’s current lineup, the F-150, and regular Transit. The plant already underwent a recent retooling in order to build the redesigned 2021 F-150, after the truck was revealed in the summer.
Claycomo is Ford’s busiest production facility and makes more vehicles than any Ford plant in North America. It also holds the title of the largest manufacturing center in the Kansas City metro area and is an important employer. 7,250 people head to work there every day, and the addition of E-Transit will create 100 additional jobs.
The new E-Transit is part of a current three-pronged plan by Ford to bring its popular, high-volume models into the electric space. The F-150 EV will be built in Michigan, and the Mustang Mach-E is hecho en Mexico. Ford’s current investment in electrification will see it spend $11.5 billion in total by the end of 2022. When the calendar flips over to 2023, Ford wants a considerable and established EV manufacturing footprint in North America.
Look for more E-Transit details after its official launch on Thursday, November 12th. It’s expected to be available in several body styles, and have specs impressive enough to lure commercial fleet managers away from filthy gasoline and toward a green, plug-in future. It would seem a solid plan, given the $0 fuel cost of an EV, as well as less maintenance-intensive operation. As an added bonus, EVs come with fancy software and telematics built in, so Mister Manager doesn’t have to rely on third-party reporting.