US automaker Ford Motor will invest $500 million to upgrade its Ohio engine plant for the new 2.7-liter six-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
By making this investment Ford will also add 300 jobs at the Ohio plant, which will manufacture the new 2.7-liter six-cylinder EcoBoost engine for the F-150 pickup truck, the first model to feature the new engine. The US automaker’s F-150 pickup trucks are the best selling vehicles in North America.
“The new jobs at Lima Engine Plant will be a major boost to the community,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, national Ford Department.
“It’s especially exciting that these jobs will go to support a new technology like the 2.7-liter EcoBoost for the all-new F-150.”
The next-generation F-150 pickup trucks will come with four engine options and the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine will replace the 6.2-liter V8. The other three types of engines are the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, the 5-liter V8 and the 3.5-liter V6. The EcoBoost engines use gasoline direct-injection which helps them provide power similar to larger engines while achieving better fuel economy.
Currently, the Lima Engine plant in Ohio has around 700 employees and manufactures the 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter V6 engines for various models such as the Explorer SUV and the Edge crossover. The facility is almost complete and will be ready to run prototypes this summer.