Ford to Triple Electrification Capacity

Although the only electric Ford that is available on the market right now is the Transit Connect Electric, later this year you will be able to buy a Focus Electric.

Although the only electric Ford that is available on the market right now is the Transit Connect Electric, later this year you will be able to buy a Focus Electric.

But if you take hybrids in the context of being “electrified” vehicles, as Ford does, then there are the Fusion Hybrid and the Escape Hybrid on the scene, too.

That said, Ford announced today that by 2013 its production capacity for electrified vehicles in the U.S. will be tripled.

The automaker will have the ability to make more than 100,000 electrified vehicles per year when the capacity is in place.

As Jim Farley, Ford group vp of Marketing, Sales and Service put it when making the announcement, “Whether people want a hybrid, a plug-in-hybrid, or a full battery electric vehicles, we have a family of vehicles for them to consider, providing a range of options to best meet their needs and support their driving habits and lifestyles.”

Actually, he should have used the future tense, because the “family” still requires some members.

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As in the C-MAX Hybrid and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, both of which will go into production next year. And another “next-generation” hybrid is going to be released in 2012.

Ford will start producing Ford-designed lithium-ion battery packs for the C-MAX Hybrid and the C-MAX Energi in its Rawnsonville, Michigan, plant. The batteries are up to 50% lighter and 25% smaller than nickel-metal hydride batteries. Those two vehicles will be produced in the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, where the Focus and Focus Electric models are (or will be) produced. Transaxle production for the electrified C-MAX models are being produced at the Ford Van Dyke Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

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And while the Chevy Volt is out there right now, Ford took the opportunity to note that the forthcoming C-MAX Energi will have a 240-volt charging system and will be able to recharge faster than the Volt and “is being engineered to deliver more overall driving range than any other plug-in or extended range vehicle.”

So when it comes to vehicle electrification, with the array of hybrids; the Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the Transit Connect Hybrid; and the forthcoming additions from Ford, clearly things are, to use the hackneyed expression, getting charged up.