Ford to Invest Additional $450M in Michigan for Hybrid and Plug-in Vehicle Production; Battery System Design and Development to Be In-House Core Competency
Ford Motor Company will invest an additional $450 million in its electric vehicle plan, paving the way to build its next-generation hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle vehicles in Michigan beginning in 2012. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford made the announcement at the end of the first day of the media preview of the Detroit Auto Show.
The new investment is in addition to Ford’s already announced plans to invest $550 million to transform Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. from a large SUV factory to build the all-new Focus starting in 2010 and Focus Electric pure battery electric vehicle in 2011. With the additional investment, Michigan Assembly will be the production site of next-generation hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full battery electric vehicles, all of which will be built off the company’s new global C-car platform.
|“We are creating a center of excellence in Michigan for electric transportation...Battery system design and development should be a core competency for Ford.”|
In addition, Ford said it is bringing battery system design and development in-house. Ford will design advanced lithium-ion battery systems in-house for the next-generation hybrid in Michigan and move production of the battery packs from Mexico to Michigan. The production site will be announced at a later date.
Ford has also announced it will produce hybrid transaxles at its Van Dyke Transmission facility in Sterling Heights, Mich., beginning in 2012.
Partnering with the state of Michigan has been critical to the acceleration of the electric vehicle plan, Bill Ford said. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority board approved a package of incentives and tax credits totaling $188 million. The package includes job credits, brownfield site credits and battery pack assembly credits recently approved by the Michigan legislature.
This investment underscores how serious we are about delivering a range of electrified vehicles to customers—including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles. Our industry is at the intersection of three critical global issues—the economy, energy and the environment. The winning companies will be those that address these issues with vehicles that are also exciting and fun to drive, without compromises.
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. 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.
Ford Focus Electric passenger car in 2011. Focus Electric will have a targeted range of up to 100 miles per full charge with zero tailpipe emissions.
Next-generation hybrid based on C-car platform in 2012.
Plug-in hybrid based on C-car platform in 2012.