Hopes are rising that Ford will convert its automotive gearbox transmission operation at Halewood on Merseyside into manufacturing the equivalent e-drive systems for electric cars.
If the American motor group decides to go ahead, the move would be likely to sustain hundreds of jobs. It also would be a bonus for Britain’s electric car industry, which is running behind its European competitors.
Ford is said to be within weeks of making a decision on a substantial investment to switch its Halewood operations to an electric future.
Industry sources have confirmed that the Merseyside plant is the frontrunner in its thinking.
Ford, which stopped building cars in Britain two decades ago, declined to comment on any decisions, but said that it was going “all-in” on electrification.