Ford's plans to manufacture an electric car in Mexico go ahead and the company began the process of selecting suppliers for this vehicle, whose production is planned for 2020.
Marcos Perez, director of Product Development at Ford, said they are looking for both local and global suppliers, because the company wants to take advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and export it to the US and other countries.
The electric car will be manufactured at the Cuautitlán plant in the State of Mexico, where the entire process of adapting the equipment (retooling) will begin in May 2019, to start production in 2020.
Interviewed at the Mexico Automotive Summit 2018 forum, Pérez assured that the renegotiation of NAFTA will not affect the decision to manufacture the vehicle in the country. In fact, the 1,500 Ford engineers in Mexico are involved in the development of this car.
"We are embedded in the engineering of North America, it is a single team. The advantage of Mexico is that it is one hour away from the time zone (Detroit, Michigan) and three hours away from a plane. All the engineering that is done in Mexico is very connected in the United States, "he said.
"Much of our engineering is by commodity, as an example, all the engineering of the fenders and chests is made in Mexico, or the windshield, electrical architectures, most of the harnesses are manufactured in Mexico or Central America," he explained.
Engineers working at Ford contribute 20% of interior development, 20% exteriors, 18% of electronics and electrical architectures, but also collaborate in the development of the powertrain, transmissions and chassis.
"Mexico has 20% of all Ford engineers in the world," Perez added.
For now, the development of the electric vehicle is in the phase of understanding what customers want and what technologies can be used.