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Januar 12, 2010
"Vehicle electrification is part of our ongoing strategy to diversify Michigan's economy and make the state a center for green and advanced manufacturing," said Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm. "That is why we have worked so hard to invest in and encourage development of battery and electric vehicle technology and production in the state. We applaud Ford's leadership and commitment to Michigan and our transportation future."
Ford's electric vehicle lineup
As part of its aggressive electrification plan, Ford in 2009 doubled the number and volume of its hybrid electric vehicles to include the award-winning Ford Fusion and Escape hybrids and Mercury Milan and Mariner hybrids.
Going forward, Ford plans to bring the following electrified vehicles to market over the next three years:
-- Ford Transit Connect battery electric vehicle commercial van in 2010 -- Ford Focus Electric passenger car in 2011 -- Next-generation hybrid based on C-car platform in 2012 -- Plug-in hybrid based on C-car platform in 2012
First to market will be a pure battery electric version of the Ford Transit Connect, a small commercial van introduced in North America in 2009. Transit Connect Electric will have a targeted range of up to 80 miles per full charge and zero tailpipe emissions. With Azure Dynamics serving as upfitter, the first units will enter the market later this year.
The pure battery electric version of the redesigned Ford Focus follows in 2011. Focus Electric will have a targeted range of up to 100 miles per full charge with zero tailpipe emissions.
The next-generation hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles slated for 2012 also will be built on Ford's global C platform. These vehicles - not yet revealed - will leverage Ford's considerable experience with both its current hybrid lineup and plug-in hybrid fleet that is undergoing road testing with the company's utility industry partners.
A key component driving development of Ford's upcoming electric vehicles is lithium-ion battery system technology - the design, development and assembly of which Ford will bring in-house for its new hybrid vehicles.
"Battery system design and development will be a core competency for Ford in the 21st century," said Nancy Gioia, Ford's director of Global Electrification. "Building in-house expertise and leveraging our global scale is critical to developing electrified vehicles that are affordable, connected and fun to drive."
The future of electric vehicle manufacturing in Michigan
Ford's investment and the state's incentives will create approximately 1,000 new jobs related to the production of the company's future electric vehicles and the production of key hybrid components, including battery pack assembly. Most of those jobs will be created at Michigan Assembly Plant, which is being transformed to produce fuel-efficient, small global cars.
(11 Jan 2010)