Ford plans on adding 3,000 jobs to two facilities in Michigan after an announcement of an investment of $1.5 billion in the Michigan Assembly and Dearborn Truck plants.

The Michigan Assembly upgrades will cost $797 million and will include new machinery for the upcoming Bronco, as well as a modification center for Ranger and Bronco vehicles. This means that the Ranger and Bronco could be getting some off-road goodies in the coming years, apart from the specs that we’ve already seen.

The Dearborn Truck plant will be getting a $696 million upgrade to its production line so that Ford can eventually start producing the F-150 EV. Ford plans on using this investment to produce batteries within the facility for both the full EV and hybrid versions of the F-150 as well as improve its powertrain and stamping processes.

Ford has also returned $12 million in incentives from the UAW after Ford pulled the plug on expansions to the Flat Rock and Romeo production facilities. Ford will however be awarded $26 million from the UAW for expanding the Dearborn Truck and Michigan Assembly plants.

The Blue Oval will also be creating an autonomous vehicle conversion facility in the Detroit area. This facility will convert existing hybrid vehicles into autonomous vehicles. This is part of a bigger plan by Ford to produce autonomous vehicles for commercial use by 2021.

These are some major investments for Ford and proves that the company is genuinely dedicated to helping Americans in terms of jobs, but also trying to improve itself by keeping their promise to the California Air and Resources Board by increasing their fleet fuel economy by 3.7 percent between 2022 and 2026, this is a massive undertaking for the largest producer of pickup trucks and commercial vehicles on the planet, but if Ford takes that first step, then other automakers are sure to follow in due time.

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