Ford shifts EV production plan from US 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.

The exception is General Motors, which is assembling its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, including self-driving units, at its Orion Township plant in Oakland County and splits production of the Chevrolet Cruze compact between Mexico and Lordstown, Ohio. At least 150 jobs will also be added. The program is usually used to reward those who find system vulnerabilities, and experts told Reuters that rewarding a thief was extremely unusual.

All the major automakers make some of theircars for the U.S. market in Mexico, and all depend on Mexican parts suppliers for cars built at U.S. plants. It remains to be seen how President Trump will react to the news this time around.

In fact it now expects to have 850 jobs there, rather than 700.

Still, AutoPacific analyst Dave Sullivan said the change suggests Ford is "a bit chaotic" following the appointment of a new CEO, Jim Hackett, to replace the ousted Mark Fields. The model will launch in China, where it's built. One source told Reuters that the hacker was "living with his mom in a small home trying to help pay the bills", and did not pose a further threat to Uber. So now we're back to making cars in Mexico? The automaker then made plans to build autonomous and electric vehicles at Flat Rock Assembly alongside the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental.

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.

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