US: Ford to triple production of EVs in North America by 2013
Ford announced today (16 June) it is tripling production capacity of its electrified vehicle lineup through 2013, further boosting volumes of its all-new C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, which begin production next year.
"Customers have come to expect fuel efficiency with every new vehicle Ford delivers today, and now we are further differentiating our electrified vehicle line-up with something else people value - choice," said Ford group vice president of marketing, sales and service Jim Farley.
Ford is electrifying platforms versus a single vehicle. Five electrified vehicles are planned for North America by 2012 - including the Transit Connect Electric, on sale now and Focus Electric this year.
The C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid will be followed by another next-generation hybrid in 2012. Ford will grow its electrified vehicle production capacity to more than 100,000 annually by 2013.
The new Ford C-MAX five-passenger vehicle, which is the base for the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, is leaving European dealer lots at twice the rate of last year's model.
More than 100,000 of these new vehicles have been sold in Europe since its launch in late 2010 and Ford is already finding new ways to produce more European C-MAX models than originally expected at its Valencia, Spain, plant.
"We plan to be aggressive in delivering products like this that people really want and make smart decisions supporting our One Ford plan," said Farley.
Ford's plan to invest in more capacity for its five-passenger C-MAX electrified models for North America replaces an earlier concept of introducing the gasoline-engine-powered seven-passenger C-MAX multi-activity vehicle.