Hundreds of jobs ‘saved’ after Ford chooses Halewood for electric cars
Some 500 auto jobs are said to be saved in Merseyside after Ford chose Halewood to help carry out its plan to sell only electric cars in the UK and Europe by 2030.
The U.S. automaker announced in February that all of its cars and vans will have an electric or plug-in hybrid option by mid-2024, before its cars go pure electric by the end of the decade.
The company will spend £ 230million to convert its plant in Halewood, Liverpool, which currently makes transmissions, to start producing up to 250,000 units of power per year from 2024, according to the Times.
Ford stopped short of setting a date by which it will stop selling diesel utility vehicles, but said in February that two-thirds of sales are expected to be “pure electric” or plug-in hybrids by 2030.
The company is investing US $ 22 billion (£ 16 billion) in the development of electrical technology over the next four years.
This will include an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Cologne, Germany.
Ford is the UK’s most popular new car brand with a 10% market share, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
The Ford Transit is also the best-selling new van in the country.
Ford closed its engine plant in Bridgend, South Wales, with the loss of 1,700 jobs in September last year.
It has another engine plant in Dagenham, Essex, in addition to the Halewood plant.