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Foxconn eyes EVs for troubled Wisconsin plant, may go with Mexico
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TAIPEI - Major Apple Inc supplier Foxconn may make electric vehicles at its high-profile but troubled plant in Wisconsin, though could decide on Mexico, the chairman of the Taiwanese company said on Tuesday.
Foxconn announced a $10 billion investment in Wisconsin at a White House ceremony in 2017, touted by then-President Donald Trump as proof of his ability to revive American manufacturing, but its future has been uncertain.
Foxconn initially sought to make advanced large-screen displays for TVs there. It later said it would build smaller liquid crystal display screens instead, and then said it would likely build servers.
Speaking in Taipei, Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way said the infrastructure was there in Wisconsin to make electric vehicles (EVs) because of its proximity to the traditional heartland of U.S. automaking.
“A lot of work depends on electronics and software for the EVs. We thought maybe it’s a good place to make EVs,” Liu said.