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Ford to move planned electric car production to Mexico from Michigan

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Ramiro Mantilla | 08 Diciembre, 2017, 01:06

The automaker announced in January that it would invest $700 million and create 700 jobs at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan to build EV's, and that it would scrap plans for a new small car plant in Mexico.

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. And it's not all bad news for U.S. auto workers, as Ford also plans to invest $200 million and add another 150 jobs at its Flat Rock, Michigan location to develop self-driving systems.

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.

Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant, in Michigan, builds the Mustang and the Lincoln Continental. Ford currently builds the Fiesta there, which isn't very popular.

The Flat Rock, Mich. factory had been designated for production of an unidentified electric car.

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Ford plans instead to convert the suburban Detroit factory into a manufacturing hub for future driverless vehicles, hiking its anticipated investment in the plant to $900M from $700M foreseen previously.

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.

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