The governments of Canada and Ontario will contribute $223.4m to a $1.4b plan from Ford to build electric vehicles at an assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario. Under the plan, Ford would retool its existing production facility in Oakville to build EVs, starting in 2014. Full-scale EV production would begin in 2027. Starting in 2027, the factory will start producing EVs only.
- It is unclear how much funding each government will provide. The plan is tied to an agreement between Canada’s automotive workers’ union, Unifor, and Ford’s Canadian division.
- Ford plans to build five EV models at the facility.
- The Oakville facility currently builds the front-wheel-drive model of the Ford Edge and the Lincoln Nautilus SUV. Production of both vehicles is expected to end in 2023. The facility will then start building the all-wheel-drive Edge before moving into EVs.