Ford moving electric SUV production to Mexico

Galtero Lara
Diciembre 7, 2017

Ford Motor Co.is moving planned production of an electric crossover with a 300-mile range to Mexico from MI to make way for additional investment on autonomous vehicles in its home state. The shift is meant to free up some capacity at Flat Rock to enable Ford to build its first fully-autonomous vehicle there. The automaker then made plans to build autonomous and electric vehicles at Flat Rock Assembly alongside the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental. Now Ford has announced that production of the new electric SUV is shifting from its plant in Flat Rock, Michigan to Mexico so that it can produce an autonomous vehicle in Michigan. Ford's new chief executive officer, Jim Hackett, has been pushing the company's move into EVs and autonomous vehicles, especially after being viewed as playing catch-up to rivals such as Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co. It isn't clear if this autonomous model will even be sold to individual customers. But that's not necessarily a bad thing for Flat Rock. Hall says this will also create hundreds of additional jobs, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Likewise, moving the electric crossover to the company's Cuautitlan, Mexico plant will likely enhance already-low margins on the vehicle. According to Alan Hall, a spokesman for Ford, the revised plan will allow it to build more self-driving cars, and it will also increase the number of jobs at the Flat Rock plant.

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As of past year, Ford had meant to build the autonomous vehicle at its planned small-car plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, but that facility was canceled in January. Of course, Ford has switched CEO's since the previous announcement with Jim Hackett tasked to accelerate Ford's electrification and autonomous vehicle strategies.

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