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Ford Announces 13 Electric Hybrids by 2020, Expanded U.S. Plant, New Jobs

Ford Announces 13 Electric Hybrids by 2020, Expanded U.S. Plant, New Jobs

By Philly Murtha, January 03, 2017

Ford Motor Co. (Ford) today announced preliminary details about plans to electrify two of its most popular and iconic models—the F-150 pickup and sporty Mustang. Ford will add an F-150 Hybrid large pickup with extra powerful towing capability by 2020 as well as a Mustang Hybrid that will deliver V-8 power and more low-end torque.

Seven of Ford’s 13 future electric vehicle (EV) variants that will be introduced during the next five years include a small electric SUV for North America, with extended battery life and a range of at least 300 miles before recharge, the company says. Two new electric police models are in the works for the U.S. market along with a Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van for the European market in 2019.

2017 Ford Transit Connect Hybrid Taxi Prototype photoThe automaker also revealed that it will invest heavily in a Michigan vehicle assembly plant focused on producing these future products and will add 700 new jobs at that plant. The company is investing $700 million at its Flat Rock, MI, plant to create a Manufacturing Innovation Center and factory that can produce high-tech electric and “autonomous-driving vehicles” by 2021, in addition to building conventionally powered Mustang and Lincoln Continental cars. Some 700 new jobs will be added at this plant, according to Ford.

At the same time, Ford will cancel plans to build a new plant in San Lis Potosi, Mexico, but will produce its next-generation Focus at an existing plant in Hermosillo to enhance company profitability, the company said. These plans are part of Ford’s overall $4.5 billion investment in electrified vehicles by 2020 to offer consumers more fuel-efficient, capable transportation choices.

In 2017, Ford will also focus on developing wireless technology to make recharging an electric vehicle much easier, and will step up testing of EV prototypes this year in Europe, New York, and some other large cities in the United States. The latest route-planning and telematics technology is being evaluated in a fleet of 20 Transit Connect hybrid taxis and van prototypes.

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