The automaker has decided not to make in India despite approval from the central government’s production-linked incentive scheme

Ford India has shelved plans to make electric vehicles in India. As part of its ongoing business restructuring, the automaker has applied for the Indian government’s Product Related Incentive (PLI) scheme. Under the PLI plan, Ford had considered using one of its two manufacturing to build electric vehicles for export and the domestic market, although it has now announced that it is no longer pursuing that avenue.

In a statement, the company said: “After careful review, we have decided to no longer manufacture for export from any Indian factories. We remain grateful to the government for approving our proposal under production-linked incentives and continue to do so as we continue to Support as you explore.”

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Ford shut down auto-manufacturing operations in India last year

Ford India announced in September last year that it was halting its domestic car manufacturing operations, with manufacturing in export markets to end by the end of the calendar year. The company, while already producing engines for the export market, will also be shutting down this quarter (Q2 2022).

Talking about how this will affect its manufacturing in India, Ford commented: “Ford India’s previously announced business restructuring continues as planned, including exploring other alternatives for our manufacturing facilities. We will continue to engage with unions and other interests partners to work closely together to develop a fair and plan to mitigate the impact of the restructuring.”

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Ford plans to import and sell models from its global lineup, including Mustang coupe

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Comment

Ford’s current restructuring plan includes a move to an India-only CBU lineup, with models such as the Mustang and the all-electric Mach-e expected to arrive in India, and possibly other models from its global range. considered. The company is also looking to sell its existing manufacturing in the country, which Tata Motors and Hyundai are reportedly interested in acquiring.

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