Ford Motor Company stock is rising in the pre-market trading Wednesday after the United Auto Workers eased wage increase demands amid the looming strike deadline.
Reports indicate that the UAW, which initially sought wage hikes of over 40%, is now requesting a more moderate 30% increase over the four-year contract period. The current contract is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.
The ripple effect of this development has resonated in the market, boosting shares not only for Ford but also for General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Stellantis (NYSE: STLA).
As of the latest update, the Ford Motor Company stock is trading at $12.67, marking a robust 1.77% surge compared to the previous trading session. Similarly, General Motors Company and Stellantis stock have surged by 0.69% and 0.11%, respectively.
In another exciting development, BMW Group, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), and American Honda Motor Company (HMC) have joined forces to establish a new entity named ChargeScape. This collaborative endeavor aims to connect utilities, automakers, and electric vehicle (EV) owners.
The trio of automotive giants plans to harness years of cross-industry research centered around the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration Platform (OVGIP) to create a single, cost-effective platform. The primary objective of ChargeScape is to unlock the untapped potential of electric vehicle (EV) technology through conveniently managed energy services.
Furthermore, ChargeScape will provide EV owners with substantial financial benefits by offering EV-enabled grid services. This includes reduced electricity prices during periods of low demand and the ability to share energy stored in their batteries through vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications.
Jay Joseph, Vice President of Sustainability and Business Development at American Honda Motor, underscored the significance of solutions like ChargeScape in the rapidly evolving EV landscape. He stated that such innovations enable all stakeholders to collaborate effectively, promoting the greater use of renewable energy for mobility.
ChargeScape will be equally owned by the three automotive giants and will soon be available to utilities and customers in the United States and Canada, with operations expected to commence next year.