The company plans to begin producing the new global Ford Focus at the plant in 2010, and in 2011 the Michigan plant will begin production of a battery-electric Focus, helping Ford meet its promise of delivering four new electric vehicles in the U.S. by 2012.
The zero-emission Focus battery-electric vehicle, which is being developed in partnership with Magna International, features a high-voltage electric motor powered by a high capacity Lithium Ion battery pack and is charged by plugging in to a 110-volt or 220-volt outlet. It is expected to have a range of 100 miles.
Ford president and CEO Alan Mulally had this to say about the company’s plans for the electric vehicle: “We believe that building this vehicle here at the Michigan Assembly plant, is going to be a critical step toward the commercialization and ultimately the acceptance of electric vehicles. And that’s really important to our country, it’s important to our community, and it’s important, frankly for the world.”
In addition to the Focus battery electric vehicle, Ford is collaborating with Smith Electric to sell a Transit Connect battery electric commercial vehicle for North America in 2010. Ford’s product plans also include a next-generation hybrid vehicle in 2012 and a plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2012.
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