Ford will convert its British factory into an electric vehicle factory

Ford will convert its British factory into an electric vehicle factory

October 20, 2021: -On Monday, Ford announced that it intends to spend £230 million ($315 million) that is transferred a factory in northwest England into a site that will make components for electric vehicles.

The vehicle transmission facility in Halewood, Merseyside, turns into an electric power unit production plant.

Ford stressed that the investment is subject to and is included U.K. government support, which reportedly amounts to £30 million.

“This is an important step, which marks Ford’s first in-house investment in all-electric vehicle component manufacturing in Europe,” said Stuart Rowley, president of Ford Europe, in a statement.

“It strengthens further our ability delivering 100% of Ford passenger vehicles in Europe being all-electric, and two-thirds of our commercial vehicle is selling being all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030,” he added.

Ford said it would start making the electric power units at Halewood in mid-2024, adding that it plans to produce nearly 250,000 of them at the site each year.

Last year, the U.K. government created a £500 million pot to persuade electric vehicle manufacturers and battery makers to expand their operations in the U.K. It wants sales of new petrol and diesel cars to end in the U.K. by 2030.

Elsewhere this year, Nissan and Stellantis, the world’s fourth-biggest carmaker, have also announced electric vehicle investments at their U.K. plants. BMW already makes the electric Mini at a site in Oxford.

U.K. Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said in a statement: “Ford’s decision to build its first electric vehicle components in Europe at its Halewood site is further proof that the U.K. remains one of the best locations in the world for high-quality automotive manufacturing.”

Ford said 500 jobs at the factory would be safeguarded as a result of the investment.

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