Ford Electric Crossover Production Moving to Mexico

2017 Ford Focus Electric

Production of the new AV would get underway at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant in MI, as the 2020 electric crossover that is being built will be moving to Mexico.

Sending the electric vehicle to Mexico, where labor costs are lower, will help the business case for the costly model.

The news was celebrated by the incoming Trump administration, which claimed that it had convinced US automakers to bring jobs home.

While President Trump won't be happy about Ford's decision to move production to Mexico, Ford does say that the decision to build the autonomous vehicle in MI will see it invest $200 million in the Flat Rock plant. It scrapped plans for a new small vehicle plant in Mexico because demand for them is so weak, not to shift any manufacturing back to the U.S. In preparation for building its first autonomous vehicle, Ford reportedly plans to invest $200 million in the factory, as well as the $700 million it previously announced. GM plans to launch its automated driving services with a heavily modified Chevrolet Bolt EV, demonstrated last week on the streets of San Francisco.

Trump's cuts to Utah monument spur lawsuit
Zinke said the cuts at Gold Butte would mainly come around a water district that should not have been included in the boundaries. He made the comments while discussing the release of a report showing he also wants to reduce two other monuments in the U.S.

Trump did not tweet his displeasure this summer with Hackett's plan to build small cars in China to be exported to the USA, nor has he blasted the automaker after news broke Wednesday of the electric SUV's shift to Mexico. The driverless auto is to debut in 2021.

The electric vehicle, whose more-advanced battery system will enable a driving range of more than 300 miles, will go into production in 2020 at Ford's Cuatitlan plant, which suppliers say will also build a new hybrid crossover vehicle around the same time.

The net effect is hundreds of additional American jobs there, he said. After replacing Mark Fields as CEO in May, one of Hackett's first moves was to shift a plan to make the Focus small auto in Mexico to one of the automaker's plants in China. The automaker will begin testing the vehicle in an unnamed city next year. "We'll move people and goods".

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