Sunday, October 24, 2021
News Ford Selects Mexico Over Ohio To Build New EVs

Ford Selects Mexico Over Ohio To Build New EVs

The UAW is clearly upset with Ford’s decision but Ford says it will continue to invest in Ohio

  • This goes against a promise Ford made to the UAW.

  • The union is threatening unspecified action against Ford.

About a year and a half ago, Ford announced that it was planning to build two new EVs, one for Ford and the other for Lincoln, at Ohio Assembly. Production was set to begin in mid-2023 with an anticipated volume of 75,000 units annually. Ford has just announced that it will not go forward with these plans, instead shifting production to Mexico.

Specifically, Ford now says that it will have these two new-generation EVs build at the plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, alongside the Mustang Mach-E. The issue stems from a contract promise made to the UAW in late 2019 where the Avon Lake, Ohio, plant would not only receive a $900 million investment but the opportunity to build a “next-generation product” in 2023.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Quick Review: The Long Road To Saving The Mustang

According to Automotive News (subscription required), the UAW accuses Ford of “corporate greed” and is threatening unspecified actions against Ford should it decide to go ahead with these changes. Gerald Kariem, head of the UAW-Ford department, said: Ford management expects us to just hang our heads and accept the decision. But let me be clear, we are making a different choice. We 100 percent reject the company’s decision to put corporate greed and more potential profits over American jobs and the future of our members. We expect the company to honor its contractual commitments to this membership and when it fails to do so we will take action.”

Currently, the plant assembles Super Duty F-650 and F-750 trucks and Ford intends to increase production and investments at the plant. Ford said in the letter, signed by Plant Manager Jason Moore. “The company has affirmed that commitment with the investment and additional full-time positions referenced previously. I firmly believe that this, coupled with our history of successful new-product launches, has put us in position to provide a significant advantage to the company’s competitiveness in the Commercial Vehicle segment.”

Trending Now

Electric Car Companies Make Up Half of the Automotive Industry’s Value

16 EV makers are worth US $1.14 trillion combined while more than 50 other automakers are worth US $1.42 trillion Traditional automakers still...

Now is Your Last Chance to Buy a Ford Maverick Hybrid for a Few Months

The total production run for 2022 is almost fully reserved Orders will close in early November and they will reopen next summer The...

GMC Sierra Could Set Sales Record Despite Chip Shortage

General Motors is struggling due to the shortage, but its pickup trucks are still selling very well GMC has prioritised Sierra and Yukon...

New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS to Debut in November

The GT4 RS is a real RS. It lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in 7:04.511 minutes. That’s 23.6 seconds faster than the 718 Cayman...

The 2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Starts at $40,490 in Canada

  Every 2022 Sienna comes with a hybrid system 8 trim levels are offered in a choice of FWD or AWD MSRP ranges from...
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.