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.”
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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