22 Mar 2019

Ford Shuffles EVs Into Production Plans

Ford is looking to sidestep tariffs by shifting production.
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American carmaker Ford has revealed more details about where and when it will be building its next electric vehicle offerings.

The companies all-electric SUV will be built at the Cuautitlan plant in Mexico, where the current-generation Fiesta is assembled.

Meanwhile, the Flat Rock plant in Michigan - where the Mustang and the Lincoln Continental sedan are assembled - will be where the Mustang hybrid is built.

The Mustang hybrid was teased by Ford at the same time that Tesla was unveiling its Model Y SUV earlier this month.

Ford has said that both the EV SUV - which is currently unnamed and yet to be unveiled - and the Mustang hybrid are still on course to be debuted in 2020 as 2021 models.

The two offerings will form part of the vanguard of Fords US$11.1 billion commitment to have 16 all-electric and 24 hybrid vehicles available around the world by 2022.

The shuffling of plant allocations  - which include the next-generation Transit van’s move from Spain to Mexico - are part of Fords moves to comply with stipulations in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which has stricter labour and manufacturing requirements than its predecessor in NAFTA.

Complying with USMCA requirements means that Ford would be less likely to be slapped with a 25 percent tariffs on all imported vehicles.

Ford would be adding 700 jobs to the Flat Rock plant in order to meet demand, while it is committed to increasing the workforce there by 900 by 2023 thanks to the addition of another shift of workers as it develops automated technology for delivery vans.

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