Ford Shifts Electric Production to Mexico, Start Autonomous Tests Here

Ford will shift some electric SUV vehicle production to Mexico and start self-driving tests in the US in 2018.

President Trump is guaranteed to be unhappy with this announcement: Ford Now Plans to Move Production of Electric SUVs From Michigan to Mexico.

The SUV to be built in Mexico starting in 2020 will go 300 miles on a single charge and is the centerpiece of a planned $4.5 billion overhaul of Ford’s lineup to add 13 electric or hybrid models. Ford has been viewed by Wall Street as playing catch-up to rivals such as Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co., which already sells the battery-powered Chevy Bolt and plans to introduce robot taxis in 2019.

Moving production of the as-yet-unnamed electric SUV to Mexico will allow the carmaker to boost production of self-driving vehicles at its factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, according to its plans revealed late Wednesday.

Self-Driving Test 2018

The automaker said on Thursday that it would test self-driving prototypes in various pilot programs with partners such as Lyft, the ride services company in which rival General Motors Co. owns a minority stake, and Domino’s Pizza Inc. However, Ford has still not decided whether to operate its own on-demand transportation service.

Ford vs GM

Competition in the self-driving space is heating up.

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Brother
Brother

Our gov. is mandating to turn the entire US fleet of cars over to electric it will take years. I can see the difficulty self driving cars are going to have competing with 80 per hour commuters. The Red Barchetta will become a reality

KidHorn
KidHorn

Electric and self driving are two separate things. Electric is here and will continue to grow. Self driving is at least 5 years away. There's been a lot of progress and I would say they're 90% there, but the last 10% will take a very very long time.

JonSellers
JonSellers

I've given up all hope on Trump. I don't expect him to say a word about Ford moving production to Mexico. I don't expect him to build a wall. I don't expect him to crush ISIS and bring the troops home. I do expect Trump to implement the standard conservative swamp pablum: tax cuts, jacked up military spending, jacked up debt, and killing lots of people in the Middle East. Renaming him Barack Hillary Trump.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Important But Topic Off ,Sorry

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