battery partner, Johnson Controls-Saft, recently announced plans
to build a lithium-ion battery factory in Holland, Michigan. The batteries will power Ford's upcoming all-EV and plug-in hybrid
models: the pure battery electric Transit Connect commercial van
in 2010, an EV
passenger car developed jointly with Magna International
by 2011 and a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) and next-generation hybrid electric vehicle
(HEV) by 2012. Jonhson Controls-Saft received a combination of tax credits and incentives from the state of Michigan totaling $148.5 million towards the construction of the plant. The initial capacity of the plant is expected to be 15 million li-ion cells.