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PHOTO CAPTION: Restyled 2010 Ford Focus sedan is expected to be available in limited numbers as a battery electric in 2011 time-frame.

Ford to Invest US$450M in Electric Car Programs

Both the next generation hybrid and the plug-in hybrid vehicles will be produced at its Wayne Michigan Assembly Plant.

Published: 12-Jan-2010

Ford said today that it plans to invest an additional $450 million in Michigan to assemble lithium-ion battery packs, a gas-electric hybrid vehicle and a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Ford also said it will assemble transaxles for electric vehicles at its Van Dyke plant in Sterling Heights.

The investment is in addition to a $550-million commitment the company previously announced to retool a former SUV plant called Michigan Assembly Plant to build the Ford Focus compact car and an all-electric Focus.

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