Ford announces £230m to make EV components at Halewood on Merseyside

Mon 18 October 2021 View all news

Ford has announced a £230m investment in an in-house electric vehicle component assembly site at Halewood on Merseyside. It will be Ford's first such site in Europe with production beginning in 2024.

The plant will build electric power units for future Ford all-electric passenger and commercial vehicles in Europe. Production capacity is planned to be around 250,000 units a year with the investment – which is subject to and includes UK Government support through its Automotive Transformation Fund – helping to safeguard Ford jobs at Halewood.

Stuart Rowley, President, Ford of Europe, said: “This is an important step, marking Ford’s first in-house investment in all-electric vehicle component manufacturing in Europe. It strengthens further our ability to deliver 100 percent of Ford passenger vehicles in Europe being all-electric and two-thirds of our commercial vehicle sales being all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.” 

“We also want to thank the UK Government for its support for this important investment at Halewood which reconfirms Ford’s continuing commitment to the UK and our position as a leading investor in this country’s auto industry and technological base.”

The UK Government’s business secretary, The Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP, said: “Today’s announcement, backed by government funding, is a huge vote of confidence in Britain’s economic future and our plans to ramp up electric vehicle production. It will future-proof Halewood’s proud industrial heritage and secure high-skilled, well-paid jobs across the North West for years to come.”

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