Ford has made some big announcements surrounding its future EVs and autonomous vehicles.
First Ford has announced that it’s adding a second production plant to build its next-generation electric vehicles. Ford already confirmed plans to produce EVs at its Cuautitlan, Mexico plant and now it’s decided to tap the Flat Rock Assembly plant in southeast Michigan for EV production as well.
Ford is investing $850 million and adding 900 jobs through 2023 at the southeast Michigan plant.
“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.
The Mustang-inspired electric SUV will be built in Mexico. Speaking of the electric SUV, Ford also recently confirmed to CNBC that it plans to introduce it in 2020, which is around the time that one of its biggest rivals, the Tesla Model Y, will arrive.
Lastly Ford also plans to start building its first autonomous vehicles in Michigan in 2021.