The move is part of a larger plan to free up production space at the automaker's plant in Flat Rock, Michigan so it can build its first autonomous-drive vehicle.
The electric vehicle, whose more-advanced battery system will enable a driving range of more than 300 miles, will go into production in 2020 at Ford's Cuatitlan plant, which suppliers say will also build a new hybrid crossover vehicle around the same time. In preparation for building its first autonomous vehicle, Ford reportedly plans to invest $200 million in the factory, as well as the $700 million it previously announced. "It wasn't too long ago Ford canceled plans to build a plant in Mexico".
"During the 2015 negotiations with Ford, we secured significant product investment for our members at the Flat Rock assembly plant and other manufacturing facilities in the U.S.", said UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles. "It's just a bit disconcerting from the outside looking in to see how many planned and unplanned announcements there are coming out of Ford this week".
The labor union represents 59,000 Ford workers.
Ford will build its next generation all-electric car in Mexico, rather than at the plant in Michigan where it promised to build it. Reuters said Uber made the man sign a nondisclosure agreement, and verified that the data had been erased.
Moving electric car production to Mexico could lower the cost of the making the cars, which have been money losers for every automaker so far.
"This allows us to bring this exciting new vehicle to global customers in a more effective way to support our overreaching business goals", Ford stated.
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