Ford's Upcoming E-Transit is Kansas City Resident, Means $100M Plant Investment

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis

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, 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.

[Image: Ford]

Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Interested in lots of cars and their various historical contexts. Started writing articles for TTAC in late 2016, when my first posts were QOTDs. From there I started a few new series like Rare Rides, Buy/Drive/Burn, Abandoned History, and most recently Rare Rides Icons. Operating from a home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, a relative auto journalist dead zone. Many of my articles are prompted by something I'll see on social media that sparks my interest and causes me to research. Finding articles and information from the early days of the internet and beyond that covers the little details lost to time: trim packages, color and wheel choices, interior fabrics. Beyond those, I'm fascinated by automotive industry experiments, both failures and successes. Lately I've taken an interest in AI, and generating "what if" type images for car models long dead. Reincarnating a modern Toyota Paseo, Lincoln Mark IX, or Isuzu Trooper through a text prompt is fun. Fun to post them on Twitter too, and watch people overreact. To that end, the social media I use most is Twitter, @CoreyLewis86. I also contribute pieces for Forbes Wheels and Forbes Home.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Nov 11, 2020

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

    • Maymar Maymar on Nov 11, 2020

      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.

  • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Nov 11, 2020

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

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Nov 12, 2020

      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.

  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys i was only here for torchinsky
  • Tane94 Workhorse probably will be added to the heap of failed EV companies.
  • Freddie Instead of taking the day off, how about an article on the connection between Black Americans and the auto industry and car culture? Having done zero research, two topics pop into my head: Chrysler designer/executive Ralph Gilles, and the famous (infamous?) "Green Book".
  • Tane94 Either Elio Motors or Aptera Motors.
  • Billccm I think we will see history repeat itself. The French acquired AMC in the 1980s, discovered they couldn't make easy money, sold AMC off to Chrysler. Jeep is all that remained. This time the French acquired FCA, and they are discovering no easy profits. Assume an Asian manufacturer will acquire what remains of Chrysler, but this time Jeep and RAM are the only survivors.