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.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Johnson Controls RE3 electric concept car interior.

RE3 electric concept car is designed to demonstrate use of different materials and flexible, novel ways of using space.

Magna International chief vehicle engineer Dick DeVogelaere with Project M electric car. Photo credit: EV World.Com.

Ford plans to make only 10,000 of the electric vehicles a year at first - very few by Detroit standards - to test the market cautiously. GM and Toyota are following a similar cautious approach.


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