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Ford Ypsilanti, Sterling Heights plants will built next-gen clean energy cars, adding 270 jobs

Amersfoort: New Ford C-MaxImage by harry_nl via Flickr
Ford Motor Company will build clean energy
automobiles, like the C-Max Hybrid (pictured
above) at plants in Southeastern Michigan,
adding up to 270 new jobs.

Ford Motor Company is continuing their path of adding manufacturing employment in Michigan. The auto manufacturer announced on June 9th, it plans to triple production of electric vehicles, including hybrids, to an annual rate of 100,000 by 2013

Ford is planning five electrified vehicles for North America by 2012, including the Transit Connect Electric -on sale now and Focus Electric in late 2011. In addition, C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid will be followed by another next-generation hybrid in 2012.

The ‘Big Three’ automaker will add 220 green technology jobs in Michigan, including a total of 170 at the Rawsonville (Ypsilanti) and Van Dyke (Sterling Heights) Transmission plant, as well as the more than 50 new electrified-vehicle engineers based in Dearborn hired this year.

Production of all-new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid is scheduled to begin at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne in 2012, with locally sourced battery packs and electric drive transaxles locally, in the state.

Current and newly hired employees at the Rawsonville Plant will assemble advanced lithium-ion battery packs for C-MAX Hybrid. Also, Ford confirmed the larger lithium-ion battery packs for C-MAX Energi also will be produced at their Ypsilanti at their Rawsonville location.

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