Ford Invests In New Green Tech Jobs In Michigan

Earlier this year it was GM injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into American plants for development of more energy efficient car engines. Now Ford is matching that on a somewhat smaller scale by announcing $135 million towards electric vehicle development in Michigan.

Ford said it specifically plans to use this money to “design, engineer and produce key components for its next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles that go into production in 2012 in North America.” It will use its Rawsonville, Michigan plant to “assemble battery packs for the next-generation hybrid vehicles, moving work to Michigan that is currently performed by a supplier in Mexico.” Also on the books are plans for its Van Dyke Transmission Plant to be used to produce “a new electric-drive transaxle for the new hybrids, moving work to Michigan that is currently performed by a supplier in Japan.”

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Ford further plans to use its engineers in Dearborn to “design the battery packs while engineers in Livonia will design electric-drive transaxles for the next-generation hybrids.” All of this is part of Ford adding green technology jobs in Michigan as it looks to develop a local “center of excellence for vehicle electrification” in its own backyard.

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