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Trump Sending Stampede of Michigan GOP Senators Into Michigan Land Grab Over Ford’s Electric Bets

President Trump isn’t stopping at one Ford Motor Company plant in Michigan for his national infrastructure proposal.

Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday that it will build four electric vehicle factories and upgrade four others.

The automaker will invest $5 billion over the next two years in the U.S. the company said.

Ford said in a press release that it will open a Michigan Assembly Plant in 2021 that will build a battery electric vehicle and hybrid versions of several vehicles. The company will also begin production of an electric SUV at its Flat Rock, Michigan Assembly Plant.

Ford’s Arlington, Texas, Assembly Plant will undergo a modernization, allowing it to build hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker’s Michigan Engine plant in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, will also get a $500 million boost. Ford will invest $200 million into that plant’s current powertrain line to help the company churn out more hybrid vehicles.

Ford said it will invest another $1 billion in four facilities that currently build engines, transmissions and axle systems. Two of those facilities, in Warren, Michigan, and Posen, Illinois, will upgrade so that they can also build electric or hybrid vehicles.

“These investments are an endorsement of Ford’s commitment to bring autonomous and electric vehicles to market as quickly as possible and to invest in our American workforce,” said President and CEO Jim Hackett in a statement.

Ford invested $800 million in the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in 2015 in order to develop electric and hybrid vehicles, and it also announced a $1.6 billion investment in the Arlington plant in 2017 to upgrade it to build electric and hybrid vehicles.

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