Magna International is really pushing for a contract where the supplier will build an electric-vehicle for FoMoCo. CEO Don Walker says that Magna International is more than capable of assembling the car and actually produced the BEV Concept that Ford unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show without telling Ford.
A production version of the first zero-emissions battery-powered electric Ford will go on sale in 2011 as FoMoCo makes up for lost time. Rivals such as General Motors will be coming to the market with their electric-vehicle push in 2010.
Ford says that the car will be about the size of its U.S. market Fusion sedan, meaning that it may not be the Ford Focus Concept we saw at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. No word on whether it will be a brand new addition to the Ford lineup like the Volt was to Chevrolet.
Sources say that the car will travel 100 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion batteries. It will take about 12 hours to charge at 110 volts and 6 hours at 220 volts.
Magna International will not be making the lithium-ion batteries for the Ford electric-car. A supplier for the battery-packs has yet to be named.
Ford Focus BEV Concept: