US car giant Ford has confirmed plans to build its own battery development facility – known as the ‘Ford Ion Park’ – in Michigan, US.
According to the Detroit News, the 200,000-square-foot site (18,580 square metres) is expected to cost upwards of US$185 million (AU$245 million) to build, and, when complete, it will employ “approximately” 150 people.
While a specific location is yet to be confirmed for the facility, the Blue Oval brand is expected to break ground somewhere near or within Detroit.
The move comes as manufacturers all over the world look to secure electric vehicle component supply via in-house production and strategic alliances. General Motors is already is investing billions in its own battery program, while Tesla and Toyota have partnered with Japanese tech company Panasonic to maintain supply.
In an official statement, Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Federal House representative, said: "Ford's new global battery centre is another indicator that the journey to electrification is moving swiftly — and Michigan will be front and centre.”
"Ford Ion Park will help create and maintain good-paying union jobs for Michiganders and continue our state's leadership and competitiveness in building batteries and developing auto technology, without having to export any innovation or jobs overseas."
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, meanwhile, said: "[The facility] will bolster our economy, attract innovative talent to Michigan, and help us continue to lead the world in advanced mobility and manufacturing."
Ford currently builds the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV as its sole electric vehicle on sale, however a timeline for Australian roll-out is yet to be confirmed. The US-based manufacturer has pledged to transition to a zero-emission passenger and SUV line-up in Europe by 2030.