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YOUNGSTOWN — Officials from Youngstown State University and Hon Hai Technology Group will announce plans on Wednesday to enter into a major partnership to establish a national training and innovation center for the electric vehicle workforce.

The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Center for Excellence Training at Kohli Hall on campus.

The new National Electric Vehicle Training Center will focus on helping the emerging electric vehicle industry build and evolve a sustainable workforce around advanced manufacturing, energy storage and other integrated technology solutions, such as artificial intelligence, 5G and cybersecurity.

“Now is the time to break down geographic and institutional silos to deliver workforce solutions that accelerate the ability of industry, academia, government and workforce organizations to come together and deploy resources and strategies more quickly to meet industry workforce needs,” said YSU President Jim Tressel.

The Lordstown auto assembly plant is owned by Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. It could play an important role in the Taiwanese company’s continued expansion into electric vehicle manufacturing.

Foxconn has acquired the approximately 6.2 million square foot car manufacturing plant, the former General Motors small car plant, from Lordstown Motors Corp. in May for $230 million. Since then, Foxconn – the company that assembles Apple’s iPhone and other consumer electronics from global brands – has been working hard to improve the factory’s manufacturing capabilities.

It is Foxconnás’ only United States-based automotive plant.

The latest development is the announcement that Foxconn and INDIEV have a memorandum of understanding that expresses a common interest in finalizing a contract manufacturing agreement that would see Foxconn mass-produce INDIEV One, touted for its connectivity and personal computing capability. .

The memorandum also contains a binding agreement to produce the prototypes in Lordstown, as well as calls for Foxconn to produce the batteries for the electric vehicle.

Foxconn has also struck deals to make Lordstown Motors’ flagship all-electric Endurance pickup truck, which went into commercial production in September, and Monarch Tractor’s battery-powered driverless tractor, the MK-V Series tractor. .

Another vehicle that could be made at the plant is Fisker Inc.’s PEAR, a sporty crossover and the EV maker’s second vehicle. There is, however, no agreement in place for Foxconn to manufacture the vehicle. Details are still being worked out.

Additionally, reports from Car and Driver magazine and Fox Business suggest the Model B hatchback, which is believed to be manufactured by Foxconn subsidiary Foxtron, will be produced in Lordstown from 2024.

Foxtron is a partnership between Foxconn and Yulon Motor Co., Taiwan’s largest automaker which has been a manufacturer for Nissan and in 2009 launched its own brand, Luxgen.

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