Ford accelerates electric-vehicle manufacturing in US, Mexico

Ford Motor Co. is accelerating its shift to electric-vehicle manufacturing, boosting the number of workers who will make an electric version of its F-150 pickup and adding a plug-in model at a Mexican factory building battery-powered Mustangs.

Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford Mustang Mach-E

The automaker also will manufacture a battery-powered Transit van at its facility near Kansas City, Missouri, investing $100 million there and adding 150 jobs, it said in a statement. The financial commitment was previously disclosed in a contract with the United Auto Workers.

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Ford’s moves come a day after General Motors Co. announced plans to hire 3,000 engineers, designers and information-technology specialists to help develop electric cars and trucks. The auto industry is speeding its EV plans as consumers embrace battery-powered models by Tesla Inc. and regulators around the world impose stringent mandates for zero-emission vehicles. President-elect Joe Biden plans an aggressive clean-energy program, including 500,000 charging stations for electric cars nationwide.

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Ford is investing $11.5 billion to electrify its lineup, focusing on its top-selling trucks, sport-utility vehicles and sports cars.

With the electric F-150 still more than a year from hitting the market, the automaker is raising output targets at a factory still under construction in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford now plans to hire an extra 200 workers at the plant, bringing the total of new jobs to 500.

‘Fantastic’ Mach-E Reception

Ford is investing $700 million to build the electric-truck factory and upgrade an adjoining plant making gas-powered pickups at its century-old Rouge complex near its Dearborn headquarters.

“The demand was higher than what we had planned for," Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of the Americas and international markets, said in an interview. “So we immediately started working on how to get substantially more capacity from that plant and that requires 200 more people."

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At a factory in Cuautitlan, Mexico, Ford is adding a second, unidentified battery-powered model to the assembly line that just began producing the Mustang Mach-E. The new model will be built on a similar mechanical foundation as the Mach-E, the automaker said.

Ford declined to say when that second model will go into production or how many it will produce. It has previously said it would build about 50,000 Mach-E models a year, and Galhotra said reception to that electric crossover has been “fantastic."

“We don’t want to be just one of the many" automakers “to transition to electric," Ford’s new Chief Executive Officer Jim Farley told investors last month. “We want to lead the electric change."

First Published Date: 11 Nov 2020, 19:20 PM IST
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