Ford has announced plans to build its E-Transit van at its assembly plant outside Kansas City, Missouri, investing $100 million to prepare the factory for the battery-electric van.

It also will hire 350 workers at that factory and another in suburban Detroit set to assemble an all-electric version of the F-150 pickup. The new electric van is set to make its debut Thursday, officials noted.

The Ford plant in Claycomo, Missouri will not only undergo a $100 million investment to allow it to produce the E-Transit, but also add 150 full-time jobs. Another 200 workers will be hired at the Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, set to produce the electric F-150. That will be on top of a previously announced 300 jobs for the pickup plant, which will undergo a $700 million update.

Ford also revealed Tuesday that it will spend $150 million to tool up a component plant in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights to produce electric motors and transaxles.

In a statement, Ford described the developments to date as part of the “first wave” of its electrification program. It has a number of additional, battery-based vehicles in development, including one that will be assembled at a factory in Oakville, Ontario starting in 2024. The automaker plans to invest C$1.8 billion, or US$1.35 billion, to prepare that line for the project.

“We are investing heavily in our vehicle programs as well as building out our manufacturing capabilities,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer. “This will allow us to scale quickly as customer interest in these new products grows.”

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