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Ford Electric Cars Help It Aim for 'Sustainable Leadership'

The automaker is expecting to start out selling 5,000 to 10,000 electric vehicles annually.

Published: 11-Feb-2009

The electric vehicle Ford Motor Co. announced last month at the Detroit auto show is part of an array of products that the automaker will offer as it waits to learn what type of alternative vehicles consumers will prefer, company Chairman Bill Ford Jr. told the Free Press.

"This electrification effort is really ramping up," he said, "not only within the company. But we think ... the country is going to put a lot of effort behind this, and so we want to make sure that we are not only there, but that we are leading the drive to get there."

The automaker announced its plans to produce an electric vehicle for sale by 2011 that will have a single-charge range of 100 miles and said it was partnering with supplier Magna International Inc. for battery production.

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