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Ford Investing Another $450 million in Battery Vehicles

Bringing operations back to Michigan, creating up to 1,100 jobs.

by on Jan.11, 2010

With $1 billion going into its electric vehicle problem, Ford Chairman Bill Ford hopes to keep Michigan the "Motor Capital."

Ford Motor Co. plans to invest another $450 million in its electric vehicle, on top of an earlier, $550 million investment.  The move, the company claims, will help it create as many as 1,000 new jobs in Michigan.

Among other things, the automaker will relocate lithium-ion battery pack production from Mexico to Michigan.  The company plans to roll out at least two battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, over the next two years, and also plans to launch a plug-in hybrid model by 2012.

“It’s really important to me that the state of Michigan maintains its status as the motor capital,” said Ford Chairman Bill Ford, following a news conference at the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit.

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Ford announced that the Michigan Assembly Plant, in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, will become its new battery vehicle production center.  The facility, which only a few years ago produced trucks, is being converted to assemble the next-generation 2011 Ford Focus.  The new compact shares its C-car platform with the automaker’s upcoming battery vehicles.

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