Ford Bringing Hybrid Battery Production Back to Michigan

Total Ford investment in electric-drive technology nearing $1 billion in the past year.

Published: 13-Jan-2010

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. said yesterday it is investing $450 million in production facilities where it will build hybrids, electric vehicles, and electric vehicle batteries.

The announcement, made at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) here, will bring Ford's investment in hybrids and electrics to nearly $1 billion in the past year,

"It's a major development for our company, our community, and our country," noted Ford chairman William Clay Ford, addressing reporters at Ford's NAIAS booth.


Brilliance sedan on display at 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

Besides its F3DM, BYD also showed another plug-in hybrid, the F6DM, and the E6, a seven-seat electric van.

Chevrolet Volt Voltec Propulsion System relies on lithium ion batteries housed in center console 'T'. Photo credit: EV

Auto industry is beginning to make needed advances in battery technology to put a first wave of rechargeable electric cars like the Volt on the road.

Toyota FT-EV electric car has estimated 50 miles driving range on lithium ion batteries..

Along with making packs for a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid, Toyota sees an opportunity for additional revenue from supplying packs to rivals


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