For the second day in a row Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is playing defense on why the state of Michigan did not make a bid on the new Ford Motor Company electric car plants totaling $11 billion.
Ford plans to make the largest-ever U.S. investment in electric vehicles at one time by any automotive manufacturer and, together with its partner, SK Innovation, plans to invest $11.4 billion and create nearly 11,000 new jobs at the Tennessee and Kentucky mega-sites.
The Mustang Mach-E is the first all-electric vehicle to pass Michigan State Police testing.
"Who knows if there’s a cancer cluster in the next 15 to 20 years in this surrounding area? Well it's too late at that point to really know," said resident Josh Digue.
Ford is investing $50 million in an upstart electric vehicle battery recycling company.
"We have received more than 150,000 reservations since it was revealed back in May." said Jeff Marentic, Ford Vehicle General Manager North America.
Ford submitted a Mustang Mach-E to Michigan State Police for testing.
"This is your responsibility and you're going to sit there and tell me the $500 is enough? Are you crazy?" said resident Meghan McGill.
The automaker's newest announcement adds hundreds of jobs and upgrades to the Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center, its Rawsonville Components Plant, and the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center - the main hub for building its electric truck.
Families in a total of 1,200 homes were displaced after the chemical benzene leaked into the city's sanitary sewer system, creating a hazardous area in Flat Rock.
All of which led to the question when can those evacuated come home? “It all hinges on that gasoline getting pushed out of the sanitary sewer,” said Kory Groetsch, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
“Ford should be 100 percent accountable for it and not the taxpayers,” said Justin Kuta. “And that's just how I feel - and I am sure I speak for everybody else.”
As a precaution, the state recommends folks evacuate who live in the area bounded by I-75 to the east— Gibraltar Road to the north— Cahill Road to the west and Woodruff road to the south.
The gasoline leak was discovered Wednesday and now found to be larger than was originally thought, according to Bob Holycross, VP of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering.
GM and Ford are halting production at some plants due to the computer chip shortage that has been plaguing automakers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ford has delayed implementing its hybrid work model due to COVID-19.
Ford said on Thursday that it would offer buyouts to 1,000 employees as it looks to better align staffing and skills.
Two iconic Detroit brands partnered together to create a concept vehicle that meshed designs, colors, and styles together.
The automaker had warned a global chip shortage would hit their profits especially hard, earning them low expectations on Wall Street. But that didn't happen.
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