Wayne’s MAP is road to gas & electric vehicles

Wayne’s MAP is road to gas & electric vehicles

Wayne, MI – The Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) looks like many other assembly lines with compact sedans ready to come off the line. My how things have changed for that Michigan plant.

It wasn’t long ago that MAP was producing large Ford SUVs. $550 million later and 1.2 million square feet (think 22 football fields) and MAP will become Ford’s most flexible high-volume facility in Ford’s global operation.

Ford, Detroit Edison and Xtreme Power  are teaming up to establish one of Michigans largest solar-powered generation systems and electric vehicle charging stations. A new 500-kilowatt solar panel system will be installed outside to help generate renewable energy for production of Fords all-new Focus and Focus Electric cars. Ten new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed and used to recharge the electric trucks that transport parts between adjacent facilities.

Why all this work? For the future.

Ford Motor Companys retooled Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., will build three production versions of electrified vehicles “ battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles

The same plant will build the all-new global Ford Focus, in four-door and five-door versions, with sales to begin early next year. The Focus Electric battery electric vehicle goes into production late next year followed by a new hybrid and plug-in hybrid in late 2012.

“We are leveraging our people, processes and products to consistently build cars that will surpass the competition,” said Tetreault. “This plant embodies everything we as a company strive to become “ modern, efficient, flexible, global and sustainable.”

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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