May 26, 2010 19:32 by Ty
Ford will be assembling new battery packs for their new hybrid vehicles. This includes the Transit Connect electric light commercial vehicle, Focus electric vehicle, Lincoln MKZ hybrid, and future hybrid electric plug in cars based on the global C-platform and C-MAX for 2012 - 2013. Assembly will be done in the Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan and electric battery packs will start being assembled in 2012. This will bring jobs back to the United States and in to Michigan, moving work that is currently being done in Mexico by a supplier. Ford will be using advanced lithium-ion battery systems powering their future generation of hybrid vehicles.
Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, will also be building electric drive transaxles for hybrid / electric vehicles starting in 2012, which is currently being done by a supplier in Japan. 170 jobs will be created by Ford bringing work to their Rawsonville and Van Dyke facilities to build key components for their hybrid vehicles.
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