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17Ford invests $135 million for electric vehicle development at two Michigan sites

Ford Motor Company has announced plans to invest $135 million into two of its Detroit-area plants, creating what the company calls a "center of excellence" for electric vehicles (EVs). The investment will be divided between the company's transaxle plant in Sterling Heights, MI and its Ypsilanti battery plant. Combined, Ford says, 220 new jobs will be created including 130 at the transaxle plant, 40 at the battery facility and 50 engineers to be split between the two sites.

52Survey: Car buyers most likely to purchase EVs from Toyota, Honda and Ford; Nissan trails substantially

The graphical representation above really tells the whole story here, but we'll try to offer up a little extra insight anyway. Deloitte Consulting conducted a widespread survey covering several aspects of the automotive industry, and you can read the whole report here. The graph above illustrates just one finding, but it really paints a picture of the overall results of the survey.

39Ford considers moving electric vehicle production in-house if demand is high enough

Ford Motor Company's development of upcoming battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) has been, so far, an outside job. Electric versions of the Transit Connect and the Ford Focus were developed with the help of suppliers Azure Dynamics Inc. and Magna International Inc., but Ford has not ruled out producing future BEVs in-house. As Ford's director of electrification programs Sherif Marakby stated:

5Ford to expand electric and hybrid offerings to Europe from 2011

Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

4Ford to expand electric and hybrid offerings to Europe from 2011

Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

8Ford announces electric vehicle-to-grid communications system

Ford Focus EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

39Obama announces battery grants: Big Three, Michigan, li-ion companies come out winners

At the closed and then re-openend Monaco Recreational Vehicle plant in Indiana today, President Obama will announce exactly how $2.4 billion in Recovery Act grant money will be spent on advanced battery technologies and on infrastructure for more electric vehicles. This is a bit more than the $2 billion originally set aside in February to fund advanced batteries in the Recovery Act. All told, 48 battery technology and electric vehicle projects will get some money. The big winners and familiar na

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