Ford Focus at the Michigan Assembly PlantEnlarge Photo
But what isn’t that well known is that there will be two other electrified versions of the new Focus: a gasoline-electric hybrid and a more advanced plug-in hybrid.
In a world first, Ford has now revealed that all three electrified versions will be built at the same Ford assembly plant located in Wayne, Michigan. Not only that but the regular gas-powered model will be built there as well.
The plant was formerly utilized for Ford’s SUV models but underwent a $550 million rejuvenation to accommodate the new Focus models, which includes both sedan and hatchback bodystyles.
While the regular gas-powered model is production now, the battery-powered electric Focus goes into production late next year followed by new hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions in late 2012.
In addition to the innovative production line, which measures no less than three miles in total, the Wayne assembly plant will also boast a new 500-kilowatt solar panel system to generate renewable energy to help power the plant and ten electric vehicle charging stations. These charging stations will be used to recharge electric trucks that transport parts between adjacent facilities.