Ford Amps Up EV Investment in Michigan

Ford is making another serious investment—this time on the order of $135-million—in the future of its Michigan manufacturing footprint. “Electrified vehicles are a key part of our plan to offer a full lineup of green vehicles, and we are building a center of excellence in the U.S., here in Michigan, to keep Ford on the cutting edge,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas, during the announcement of an additional commitment of resources to advance EV tech.

Ford is making another serious investment—this time on the order of $135-million—in the future of its Michigan manufacturing footprint.

“Electrified vehicles are a key part of our plan to offer a full lineup of green vehicles, and we are building a center of excellence in the U.S., here in Michigan, to keep Ford on the cutting edge,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas, during the announcement of an additional commitment of resources to advance EV tech.

Ford engineers in Dearborn, Michigan, will be designing battery packs. . .which will then be assembled, starting in 2012, at the Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where products including alternators, wiper motors, and starters are currently produced.

Ford engineers in Livonia, Michigan, will be designing electric drive transaxles. . .which will be produced at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where products including the six-speed front-drive automatic transmission for vehicles including the Taurus are currently produced.

Ford is moving the battery work from a supplier in Mexico. Ford is moving the transaxle work from a supplier in Japan.

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the North American and European markets by 2013:

· Transit Connect Electric: North America, 2010; Europe, 2011

· Focus Electric: North America 2011; Europe, 2012

· Lincoln MKZ hybrid: North America, 2010

· C-car based hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric: North America, 2012

· C-MAX hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric: Europe, 2013