Ford UK transmissions plant vying for e-drive investment – reports
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British media indicate that Ford’s transmission installation in Halewood (north-west England) could attract new investment to manufacture electric driving systems for electric vehicles.
Ford would be weeks away from a decision. Sky News Ford reported that Ford had been in talks with the UK’s Commercial Department over the “eTrans” investment, saying it hopes for taxpayer support from the Treasury Automotive Transformation Fund.
Ford is considering turning its Cologne plant into a European manufacturing hub for electric cars, but manufacturing electric propulsion systems in Halewood would be a big win for the UK auto industry.
Ford made cars at the Halewood manufacturing site, but much of it went to Jaguar Land Rover after selling the brands to Tata. However, Ford continued to make transmissions at the site. It was in collaboration with Getrag, but took full control of the operation earlier this year. The Ford Halewood site currently employs 500 people.