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Electric Vehicles - Ford Commits to Insourcing

Geoff Riley

16th November 2022

Wow! What a superb article for your A-level and IB economics. The CEO of Ford is quoted as saying that manufacturing electric vehicles will require 40% less labour – mainly because there are far fewer component parts involved in contrast to the internal combustion engine.

He is committed to driving vertical integration at Ford – giving the business greater control over the supply chain. Ownership of or joint ventures with battery producers will be crucial to sustaining employment within the business. Hence the reference to insourcing!

What is insourcing?

Insourcing is the practice of using an organisation's own personnel or other resources to accomplish a task that was previously outsourced.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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