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FORD ACCELERATING TRANSFORMATION: FORMING DISTINCT AUTO UNITS TO SCALE EVS, STRENGTHEN OPERATIONS, UNLOCK VALUE

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  • Creates distinct electric vehicle and internal combustion businesses poised to compete and win against both new EV competitors and established automakers
  • Organizes Ford to deliver for customers with the focus and speed of a startup at the leading edge of technology, supported by deep expertise in engineering and high-volume production
  • ·Ford Blue will build out company’s iconic portfolio of ICE vehicles to drive growth and profitability – relentlessly attacking costs, simplifying operations and improving quality; will provide world-class hardware engineering and manufacturing capabilities for all of Ford
  • Ford Model e will accelerate innovation and delivery of breakthrough electric vehicles at scale, and develop software and connected vehicle technologies and services for all of Ford
  • Ford Blue and Ford Model e will operate as distinct businesses, but share relevant technology and best practices to leverage scale and drive operating improvements; along with Ford Pro, all three businesses are expected to have discrete P&Ls by 2023
  • Accelerates Ford+ plan to unlock growth and create value for Ford’s shareholders: total company adjusted EBIT margin of 10% and annual production of more than 2 million EVs by 2026; expect EVs to represent half of global volume by 2030






DEARBORN, Mich., March 2, 2022 – Ford is continuing to transform its global automotive business, accelerating the development and scaling of breakthrough electric, connected vehicles, while leveraging its iconic nameplates to strengthen operating performance and take full advantage of engineering and industrial capabilities.

“This isn’t the first time Ford has reimagined the future and taken our own path,” said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford. “We have an extraordinary opportunity to lead this thrilling new era of connected and electric vehicles, give our customers the very best of Ford, and help make a real difference for the health of the planet.”

Last May, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley introduced the Ford+ plan, calling it the company’s biggest opportunity for growth and value creation since Henry Ford scaled production of the Model T. The formation of two distinct, but strategically interdependent, auto businesses – Ford Blue and Ford Model e – together with the new Ford Pro business, will help unleash the full potential of the Ford+ plan, driving growth and value creation and positioning Ford to outperform both legacy automakers and new EV competitors.

“We have made tremendous progress in a short period of time. We have launched a series of hit products globally and demand for our new EVs like F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E is off the charts,” Farley said. “But our ambition with Ford+ is to become a truly great, world-changing company again, and that requires focus. We are going all in, creating separate but complementary businesses that give us start-up speed and unbridled innovation in Ford Model e together with Ford Blue’s industrial know-how, volume and iconic brands like Bronco, that start-ups can only dream about.”

Driving the change was recognition that different approaches, talents and, ultimately, organizations are required to unleash Ford’s development and delivery of electric and digitally connected vehicles and services and fully capitalize on the company’s iconic family of internal combustion vehicles.

The creation of Ford Model e was informed by the success of small, mission-driven Ford teams that developed the Ford GT, Mustang Mach-E SUV and F-150 Lightning pickup as well as Ford’s dedicated EV division in China.

“Ford Model e will be Ford’s center of innovation and growth, a team of the world’s best software, electrical and automotive talent turned loose to create truly incredible electric vehicles and digital experiences for new generations of Ford customers,” Farley said.

“Ford Blue’s mission is to deliver a more profitable and vibrant ICE business, strengthen our successful and iconic vehicle families and earn greater loyalty by delivering incredible service and experiences. It’s about harnessing a century of hardware mastery to help build the future. This team will be hellbent on delivering leading quality, attacking waste in every corner of the business, maximizing cash flow and optimizing our industrial footprint.”

Ford Model e and Ford Blue will be run as distinct businesses, but also support each other – as well as Ford Pro, which is dedicated to delivering a one-stop shop for commercial and government customers with a range of conventional and electric vehicles and a full suite of software, charging, financing, services and support on Ford and non-Ford products. Ford Model e and Ford Blue will also support Ford Drive mobility.


Ford Model e will:
  • Attract and retain the best software, engineering, design and UX talent and perfect new technologies and concepts that can be applied across the Ford enterprise;
  • Embrace a clean-sheet approach to designing, launching and scaling breakthrough, high-volume electric and connected products and services for retail, commercial and shared mobility;
  • Develop the key technologies and capabilities – such as EV platforms, batteries, e-motors, inverters, charging and recycling – to create ground-up, breakthrough electric vehicles; and
  • Create the software platforms and fully networked vehicle architectures to support delightful, always-on and ever-improving vehicles and experiences.
Ford Model e also will lead on creating an exciting new shopping, buying and ownership experience for its future electric vehicle customers that includes simple, intuitive e-commerce platforms, transparent pricing and personalized customer support from Ford ambassadors. Ford Blue will adapt these best practices to enhance the experience of its ICE customers and deliver new levels of customer connectivity and satisfaction.


Ford Blue will exercise Ford’s deep automotive expertise to:
  • Strengthen the iconic Ford vehicles customers love, such as F-Series, Ranger and Maverick trucks, Bronco and Explorer SUVs, and Mustang, with investments in new models, derivatives, experiences and services;
  • Help customers fulfill their passions and daily lives with tailored brand and vehicle experiences, from off-roading to performance to family activities, especially for those situations when ICE capabilities are required;
  • Deliver new, connected, personalized and always-on experiences for customers powered by Ford Model e’s software and embedded systems;
  • Make industry-leading quality and exceptional service a reason to choose and stay with Ford;
  • Root out waste and dramatically reduce product, manufacturing and quality costs; and
  • Support Ford Model e and Ford Pro through proven, global-scale engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, and vehicle test and development capabilities for world-class safety, ride and handling, quiet and comfort, and durability.
Ford reaffirms guidance for 2022 of $11.5 billion to $12.5 billion in company adjusted EBIT. The high end of the range equates to a margin of 8% which, if achieved, would be one year earlier than the company’s previous target. With these changes announced today, Ford is raising its longer-term operating and financial targets, including:

  • Company adjusted EBIT margin of 10% by 2026, a 270-basis-point increase over 2021– driven by higher volumes, improvement in the cost of EVs, and a significant decline in ICE structural costs of up to $3 billion
  • More than 2 million electric vehicles produced annually by 2026, representing about one-third of Ford’s global volume, rising to half by 2030, capturing with EVs the same, or even greater, market shares in vehicle segments where Ford already leads
  • In addition, Ford expects to spend $5 billion on EVs in 2022, including capital expenditures, expense and direct investments, a two-fold increase over 2021
Ford reiterated its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and to use 100% local, renewable electricity in all of its manufacturing operations by 2035.

“This new structure will enhance our capacity to generate industry-leading growth, profitability and liquidity in this new era of transportation,” said John Lawler, Ford’s chief financial officer. “It will sharpen our effectiveness in allocating capital to both the ICE and EV businesses and the returns we expect from them – by making the most of existing capabilities, adding new skills wherever they’re needed, simplifying processes and lowering costs. Most importantly, we believe it will deliver growth and significant value for our stakeholders.”

Ford Model e and Ford Blue will work hand-in-glove with other parts of the Ford enterprise. Ford Pro will continue to deliver industry-leading products, services and support that commercial customers depend on. Served by Ford Model e and Ford Blue, Lincoln will continue to create compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. Ford Drive will continue to develop new digitally connected mobility businesses. And Ford Credit will continue to support the customer experience and drive loyalty with a full suite of financial products and services.


Leadership

With the creation of Ford Blue and Ford Model e, Ford is announcing several leadership appointments. Farley will serve as president of Ford Model e, in addition to his role as president and CEO of Ford Motor Company.

Doug Field will lead Ford Model e’s product creation as chief EV and digital systems officer. He will also lead the development of software and embedded systems for all of Ford. Marin Gjaja will be Model e’s chief customer officer, heading the division’s go-to-market, customer experience and new business initiatives.

“Designing truly incredible electric and software-driven vehicles – with experiences customers can’t even imagine yet – requires a clean-sheet approach,” Field said. “We are creating an organization that benefits from all of Ford’s know-how and capabilities, but that can move with speed and unconstrained ambition to create revolutionary new products.”

Kumar Galhotra will serve as president of Ford Blue.

“Ford Blue’s mission is extremely ambitious,” Galhotra said. “We are going to invest in our incredible F-Series franchise, unleash the full potential of hits like Bronco and Maverick, and launch new vehicles like global Ranger pickup, Ranger Raptor and Raptor R. We’ll pair these great products with a simple, connected and convenient customer experience that earns higher loyalty. We are going to be hyper-competitive on costs and make quality a reason to choose Ford. And by doing all that, Ford Blue will be an engine of cash and profitability for the whole company.”

Stuart Rowley and Hau Thai-Tang will take on new global roles to support Ford’s transformation.

Rowley will be chief transformation and quality officer. He will establish quality as a reason to choose a Ford and lead Ford’s drive to improved efficiency, reduced complexity and a lean, fully competitive cost structure across the enterprise.

Thai-Tang will lead Ford’s industrial platform as chief industrial platform officer. He will lead product development, supply chain and manufacturing engineering for ICE products and common systems across Ford Blue, Ford Model e, Ford Pro and Ford Drive.

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Ford News ConferenceWednesday, March 2, at 8 a.m. EST

Journalists and members of the investment community interested in asking questions should additionally dial in by phone.

Toll-Free: +1.877.930.5753

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Conference ID: 9288331

Listen-only livestream and replay

The presentation and supporting material will be available at shareholder.ford.com.



Ford Capital Markets CallWednesday, March 2, at 9:15 a.m. EST

Journalists and members of the investment community interested in asking questions should additionally dial in by phone.

Toll-Free: +1.888.558.1223

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An interesting strategy.......I sincerely hope it works out.

Putting a Mustang focus on this. Ford have lead us to believe that the Mach E sales allow them to keep selling ICE Mustangs due to CAFE regulations. I assume the fleet average will still be accounted for over both Ford Blue and Ford Model e areas of the business. Without this, I don't see how ICE could continue under the ever tightening CAFE rules.
 

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I guess Ford needs something to juice their stock price. Yup, let's just make 3 competing units and just add to the confusion. Mullaly spent how much effort trying to bash apart fiefdoms? Now we go back to it...

So the 'e' people are going to dictate media center and console design?

This is probably just a tax dodge/EV credit mining scam - aka playing Tesla's game. You can self-deal your EV credits to yourself at distorted prices.
 
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An interesting strategy.......I sincerely hope it works out.

Putting a Mustang focus on this. Ford have lead us to believe that the Mach E sales allow them to keep selling ICE Mustangs due to CAFE regulations. I assume the fleet average will still be accounted for over both Ford Blue and Ford Model e areas of the business. Without this, I don't see how ICE could continue under the ever tightening CAFE rules.
Good point. Will the EPA look at this as two divisions under one corporate banner to allow for averaging between them? Or as two separate corporations without averaging? One good. One very, very bad. I too, hope the former.
 


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not really excited for this. idk why.
 

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I guess Ford needs something to juice their stock price. Yup, let's just make 3 competing units and just add to the confusion. Mullaly spent how much effort trying to bash apart fiefdoms? Now we go back to it...

So the 'e' people are going to dictate media center and console design?

This is probably just a tax dodge/EV credit mining scam - aka playing Tesla's game. You can self-deal your EV credits to yourself at distorted prices.
It will compartmentalize risk. Investors like it when they know what they are investing in and the ev and ice business are looking pretty different. I fully expect them to sell themselves cafe credits. As a consumer I think we will mostly see it as R&D dollars sticking with a segment. That means as ice volumes go down they will be ruthless about cutting models.
 

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It will compartmentalize risk. Investors like it when they know what they are investing in and the ev and ice business are looking pretty different. I fully expect them to sell themselves cafe credits. As a consumer I think we will mostly see it as R&D dollars sticking with a segment. That means as ice volumes go down they will be ruthless about cutting models.
That’s what I took from video. They said ice will build the ev segment with funds. Meaning once ev takes off. Ice will be killed off.
 

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I guess Ford needs something to juice their stock price. Yup, let's just make 3 competing units and just add to the confusion. Mullaly spent how much effort trying to bash apart fiefdoms? Now we go back to it...

So the 'e' people are going to dictate media center and console design?

This is probably just a tax dodge/EV credit mining scam - aka playing Tesla's game. You can self-deal your EV credits to yourself at distorted prices.
Ford stocks been doing well for a while now ever since they weathered the COVID sales drop so well. I'm up almost 80% in like 2yrs.
 

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Good point. Will the EPA look at this as two divisions under one corporate banner to allow for averaging between them? Or as two separate corporations without averaging? One good. One very, very bad. I too, hope the former.
If they are being sold under Ford then its 1 banner.
 

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That’s what I took from video. They said ice will build the ev segment with funds. Meaning once ev takes off. Ice will be killed off.
ICEs can't be killed off until the infrastructure to fuel EVs is in place and it is most certainly not. American grids can't even come close to generating the power that will be needed when every vehicle on the road is an EV. The only feasible way to power this many vehicles is by increasing natural gas production and going nuclear but at least one of the two American political parties seems unwilling, insisting that EV's run on pixie dust.
 

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Good point. Will the EPA look at this as two divisions under one corporate banner to allow for averaging between them? Or as two separate corporations without averaging? One good. One very, very bad. I too, hope the former.
They’re still part of an internal to Ford Motors.
 

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Currently, Ford only has 3 EV products, Mach-e, F150 Lightning, and the E-Transit Van. Electrified F250 and F350 are probably not feasible with current battery technology. There are hybrid Mavericks, Escapes, Explorers, and Bronco Sport hybrids not in the too far future. There are no Bronco or Edge hybrids. Mustang Coupe/Convertible may have hybrid option if rumors are accurate. But, there are no full BEV platforms for any of these models. My point is Ford sees transition to EVs as a marathon and not a sprint. Coupled to the current limitations of EVs, short driving range, long charging times, lack of infrastructure, high initial cost, and high insurance premiums. Battery technology; e.g. solid state batteries, will fix some of these issues, but time will tell. Then, there is the shutting down of ice vehicles, impacts on suppliers, workers will have a tremendous negative impact on the economy if not done right.

BTW, I can also see impacts on car dealerships. I'm not a legal expert, but am wondering by having Ford-e, could Ford go to a totally different sales process where the consumer orders a vehicle directly from Ford, like Tesla. The consumer would take delivery at the dealership. Dealership could still handle financing and service. Could Ford use this re-organization as a way to get around states' franchise laws which currently prevents consumers from ordering cars directly from manufacturer.
 

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All I want to know is does this mean the pony is coming off that damn CUV. Team Blue!!
 

 
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