Ford invests in electric and autonomous mobility
On Thursday Ford announced it will expand its production capacity for the company’s next-generation battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant in Michigan. As from 2021, Ford will build its first autonomous vehicles in this production site.
Second EV plant
Ford is investing about 900 million dollar in its manufacturing footprint. Another 850 million dollar will be invested in 2023 by adding a second shift which will create 900 new jobs.
Modular EV architecture
The American car builder made a 11,1 billion dollar investment worldwide in electric vehicles. As from 2020 Ford will build an electric SUV in the Cuautitlan plant in Mexico. The second plant (Flat Rock in southeast Michigan) will become the production home to vehicles from the company’s next-generation battery electric flexible architecture.
Autonomous car by 2021
The company also announced it will complete Ford’s first autonomous vehicles at a new AV manufacturing center in southeast Michigan. These will be hybrid vehicles with self-driving technology and unique interiors. These cars will be designed for deployment in public or commercial services to move people and goods. The production of Ford’s first autonomous vehicles will start in 2021.