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Ford Production Revival In India May Focus On EVs

Ford announced that it would be ending its manufacturing operations in India back in September 2021 after a decade of losing billions in that country, selling off the Sanand Assembly plant shortly thereafter. However, the automaker continues to import and sell vehicles in that market, and has been rumored to be considering the possibility of building electric vehicles there multiple times over the past couple of years – though it reportedly won’t export such models if it does. Now, a new report from Autocar adds more fuel to this proverbial fire by suggesting that Ford is indeed exploring the idea of building EVs in India, too.

According to this new report, Kay Hart – Ford’s president, International Markets Group – recently visited India and met with Tamil Nadu state officials to discuss its potential plans to retool the Chennai Assembly plant for the production of EVs, as well as other models, potentially. Earlier this year, FoMoCo reportedly changed course and decided not to sell that particular facility after it had originally planned to do so.

“In order for the company to justify reopening the factory, it needs to get into local production,” an anonymous source explained. “While the likes of the Everest may be assembled and the Mustang Mach-E could be imported through the completely built route, the company is exploring the possibility of localizing electric vehicle platforms in India to not only cater to the domestic market but also ship vehicles overseas.” Meanwhile, a Ford India spokesperson confirmed that the automaker did in fact meet with government officials, but stopped short of providing any additional details concerning its potential production restart.

“Senior leaders from Ford met and conveyed our sincere appreciation for the Tamil Nadu government’s invaluable support as the company undertakes a study to explore the future use of the Chennai manufacturing facility. We plan to create 2,500-3,000 additional jobs over the next three years at our headquarters,” the spokesperson said.

We’ll have more on Ford’s potential return to India soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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