By on November 11, 2020

ford logoAs 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, Missouri 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.

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9 Comments on “Ford’s Upcoming E-Transit is Kansas City Resident, Means $100M Plant Investment...”


  • avatar
    francobry

    The Ford plant is in Missouri, as is Kansas City and Claycomo.

  • avatar
    schliebs

    Good article, but since you are online rather than print you should know that every time you use the word “Kansas” referring to the state of the location, you need to instead use “Missouri.” Note that Claycomo is derived from Clay County, MO. Claycomo is in Missouri, and the plant and nearly facilities are all in Missouri. Note that while there is a Kansas City, Kansas, the primary city in the Kansas City metro area is Kansas City, Missouri. A bit confusing if you have not been there, perhaps. Of some explanation is the fact that Kansas City in each case is named after the Kaw, or Kansas River, which joins the Missouri River at the location of both Kansas Cities! I love your publication, by the way.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The E-Transit could do very well, and I imagine it could be a threat to the delivery vehicle Rivian is cooking up.

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      The Rivian looks to be the next size up from the Transit (although, there’s probably a little overlap once it gets to the LWB high roof models). Although, given Ford’s investment in Rivian, it wouldn’t be shocking if some of their tech ended up in Ford’s EVs.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    $0 fuel cost of an EV??? Yes you don’t have to buy “fuel” but you do have to pay for the electricity.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      That’s a significant oversight.

      Us green car hippies have been calculating the electricity cost (and environmental cost) of EVs for decades.

      They’re not free, but they are better. They’re also agnostic about fuel, so you can run it off of coal when you’re in Indy and Hydro when you’re in Buffalo — all without buying a new car. Also, big power plants are more thermally efficient than car engines, even with all of the conversion and transmission losses. Electricity pollutes less, and costs less, than driving on gasoline — even though it’s far from free in both respects.

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