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Ford shifts EV production plan from US to Mexico

Ford shifts EV production plan from US to Mexico Ford shifts EV production plan from US to Mexico
Eloisa Felix | Diciembre 08, 2017, 01:05

The Detroit News reports that the reason Ford plans to move production of that electric SUV to Mexico is that it wants to focus on building autonomous vehicles in Michigan.

Ford Motor Co will begin testing its latest self-driving vehicle technology next year in at least one city but has not changed its plan to begin commercial production until 2021, the company said.

Earlier this year, we reported that Ford had decided to invest $700 million in its Flat Rock plant in Michigan to build an electric SUV with a 300-mile range.

So while some Ford jobs look to be heading to Mexico, more are coming to the well.

Mark Fields, Ford's CEO at the time, referred to the plans for the Michigan plant as a "vote of confidence" in the Trump administration. And it has boosted the planned investment in the Michigan plant to $900 million, rather than its $700 million target.

The net effect is hundreds of additional American jobs there, he said. Ford currently builds the Fiesta there, which isn't very popular. 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.

Ford has dropped a flurry of news in recent weeks in an effort to change the perception within the industry that it is trailing General Motors and Google's Waymo spinoff in the race to introduce a reliable and safe autonomous vehicle for ride-sharing purposes. But that's not necessarily a bad thing for Flat Rock.

NEW YORK - MSNBC has reversed itself and now says it won't be cutting ties with contributor Sam Seder over a rape joke he made on Twitter eight years ago. It scrapped plans for a new small car plant in Mexico because demand for them is so weak, not to shift any manufacturing back to the U.S. The program is usually used to reward those who find system vulnerabilities, and experts told Reuters that rewarding a thief was extremely unusual. The automakers met with Vice President Mike Pence recently to express concerns about moving away from NAFTA.