Automotive Transformation Fund

Ford UK: Halewood Transmission Factory Transformation

Ford’s vehicle transmission factory at Halewood on Merseyside is being transformed to build electric power units for future Ford all-electric passenger and commercial vehicles in Europe. 

Once complete this year, 2024, the line will produce over 400,000 units per year. 

The site at Halewood was competing for investment with others in Europe, but with a grant and support by the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC)-managed Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) from the UK Government, Ford decided to go ahead with the transformation here. 

Ford’s total investment was raised to £380 million and reinforces confidence in the UK’s capability and its electric vehicle supply chain. 

The ATF was created to electrify Britain’s automotive sector and protect its competitiveness in the global market. It offers the opportunity for feasibility studies into the viability of projects for scale- up, and capital grants to help de-risk and unlock further private investment.  

Watch this case study to learn how the APC and ATF supported Ford UK on its electrification journey. 

It comes following a number of  collaborative R&D projects through the APC, working closely with Ford’s UK technical centre at the Ford Britain Dunton Campus in Essex. Two projects in particular – ViVID and E:PriME – played a major part in the creation of this product development centre at Halewood.