Ford Motor is considering manufacturing battery cells for electric vehicles as a way to offset potential job losses as a result of products that require fewer parts to build, CEO Jim Farley said.
Speaking at a Reuters Automotive Summit on Friday, Farley said Ford plans to transition its work force from building internal combustion engines to assembling inverters and electric motors, but that may not be enough.
The United Auto Workers union in recent years has raised concerns about employment levels should most automakers transition to products that aren't as complicated to build.
"The fact of the matter is electric vehicles have 40 percent less parts, and that means they are a lot easier to put together," Farley said. "We do have to solve for the reality that when electrification becomes 25 percent or 50 percent of our industry in the coming years, what are we going to do about the jobs? One of the obvious choices is going into cell production."