As it has made abundantly clear by now, Ford’s goal to convert its entire European passenger vehicle lineup to EVs by 2030 comes with some downside – chiefly, the fact that the automaker will be shedding jobs in that region as all-electric vehicles require less labor to produce than ICE models. Back in January, the automaker announced that it would be cutting 1,000 jobs at the Cologne Assembly plant in Germany as it transitions to EV production, and now, The Blue Oval is also set to cut 1,100 positions at the Valencia Assembly plant in Spain, according to Reuters.
“Ford will work constructively with its union partners to reduce the impact of the separations on employees, their families, and the local community,” a Ford spokesperson said. This news has already been shared with unions in that particular part of the world, and is directly related to the automaker’s recent lineup changes in the region as well.
Last April, Ford announced that it would discontinue the Mondeo in Europe – which was produced at the Valencia Assembly plant – after 29 years as customers in that region continue to move away from sedans and toward crossovers and SUVs. Just a few months later, FoMoCo noted that it would be converting the Valencia plant for the production of next-generation all-electric vehicles as well.
However, just last August, Ford revealed that it would be delaying its planned investments in Spain, noting that it remains committed to the Valencia plant, but had decided to delay investing in it due to a “revised outlook for Europe.” Just a couple of months later, it announced that Galaxy and S-Max production will end at that same plant this April, essentially tipping its cap in terms of these newly announced job cuts at that particular facility.