Ford to cut 3,000 jobs in a move to grow EV market

Detroit, MI – Bloomberg reports that the Ford Motor Co. is cutting 3,000 jobs in a move to boost profits as it seeks to fund the $50 billion it plans to spend on electric vehicles.

The cuts will come primarily in the U.S., while some positions also are being eliminated in Canada and India, a company spokesman said. The total includes 2,000 salaried workers and 1,000 contract personnel.

Most are coming from Ford’s operations that build traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, which Chief Executive Officer Jim Farley has said he wants to make “the profit and cash engine for the entire enterprise.”

Ford plans to build 2 million electric vehicles a year by the end of 2026, up from less than 64,000 last year, as it seeks to catch EV leader Tesla Inc. To finance its ambitions, Farley has said he wants to make more money on traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles like the Bronco sport-utility vehicle. He has repeatedly said the company has too many workers.

“Building this future requires changing and reshaping virtually all aspects of the way we have operated for more than a century,” Farley and Executive Chairman Bill Ford wrote in a memo to employees Monday. “This is a difficult and emotional time. The people leaving the company this week are friends and coworkers and we want to thank them for all they have contributed.”