The U.S. automaker, along with partners EcoPro BM Co. and SK On Co. announced plans Aug. 17 to build a more than $1.2 billion battery materials plant in Bécancour, midway between Montreal and Quebec City.
Ford’s first-ever investment in Quebec will produce material destined for use in Ford EVs, including some of its future pickups, according to Lisa Drake, vice-president of EV Industrialization for Ford Model e.
“This facility is a cornerstone for Ford Motor Co. in all of North America. That’s how important this plant is to us,” she said in Bécancour.
Drake joined Ford Canada President Bev Goodman, executives from EcoPro and SK On, as well as top federal and provincial government officials at the announcement.
“We’re excited to build this new facility to create a vertically integrated, closed-loop battery manufacturing supply chain in North America designed to help make electric vehicles more accessible for millions of people over time,” Goodman said in a release.