Ford moves electric-car production to Mexico, self-driving vehicle to US

Ford moves electric-car production to Mexico, self-driving vehicle to US

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.

Ford Motor plans to build a new electric vehicle in Mexico rather than in Michigan, choosing instead to build a future self-driving vehicle at the Detroit-area plant. That vehicle will now be made at an existing Mexico facility. But it also entails the risk that the Trump administration could put steep taxes on new cars built in Mexico as it seeks to renegotiate the NAFTA trade deal. According to Alan Hall, a spokesman for Ford, the revised plan will allow it to build more self-driving cars, and it will also increase the number of jobs at the Flat Rock plant. It remains to be seen how President Trump will react to the news this time around.

The net effect is hundreds of additional American jobs there, he said. New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in November that Uber was wrong in covering it up, and said "We are changing the way we do business".

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Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant, in Michigan, builds the Mustang and the Lincoln Continental. This is like plant musical chairs. One source told Reuters that the hacker was "living with his mom in a small home trying to help pay the bills", and did not pose a further threat to Uber. Plus, if Ford had kept the EV in Flat Rock, that would have reportedly interfered with plans to expand the plant for autonomous vehicle production.

The vehicle to be built in Michigan is said to be an entirely new model for Ford, a hybrid-electric autonomous vehicle.