Ford does an about-face - Moves EV manufacturing to Mexico

Ford is shifting production of a future battery electric vehicle to Mexico to free up capacity at its Flat Rock, Michigan, plant to build the self-driving vehicles in 2021, according to spokesman Alan Hall.

All the major automakers make some of their cars for the US market in Mexico, and all depend on Mexican parts suppliers for cars built at USA plants.

Ford is changing gears again in Mexico, shifting planned production of a small electric-powered sport utility vehicle to a plant south of the border instead of a MI factory. "It's not like they're not putting money into the U.S". It also risks raising the ire of President Donald Trump, who had been sharply critical of an earlier plan by Ford to build a small auto factory in Mexico that the company ultimately canceled. The Wall Street Journal reported the automaker's change of plans earlier.

GM unveiled plans last week to introduce its own on-demand ride-sharing service in several USA cities in 2019, using self-driving versions of the battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt.

"You're starting to see the foundation of Ford's bet on A-V's (autonomous-drive vehicles)". Ford is actually injecting an additional $200 million capital investment into Flat Rock to accelerate autonomous vehicle plans.

The company, along with every other automaker, is making a major push into self-driving auto technology.

The net effect is hundreds of additional American jobs there, he said. So now we're back to making cars in Mexico? According to the latest reports, however, that SUV will now be built at Ford's Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly Plant in Mexico. The automaker will begin testing the auto in an unnamed city next year.

That's one reason it tapped Jim Hackett, who previously led Ford's self-driving auto effort, as CEO when Fields was forced out earlier this year. Ford's autonomous business will "serve leading companies, such as Lyft, in the movement of people and goods".

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