Ford’s ‘fresh look’ at electric vehicles and accelerates

Global motor manufacturer Ford is investing $900m in its Michigan manufacturing plant, with a majority ($850m) going to next-generation fully electric vehicles.

Tied to the company’s $11.1bn investment in global electric vehicles, the plant will become the production home to vehicles from the company’s next-generation battery electric flexible architecture. These vehicles will follow the all-electric performance SUV coming in 2020 from Ford’s Cuautitlan, Mexico, plant.

The plant is also earmarked to produce Ford’s first autonomous vehicles from 2021.

“We’ve taken a fresh look at the growth rates of electrified vehicles and know we need to protect additional production capacity given our accelerated plans for fully electric vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, Global Operations.

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