Ford to build battery packs for EVs in Ypsilanti

According to a letter given to hourly workers at the company’s Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti Township, FoMoCo will build battery packs for its new generation of electrified vehicles there. The move is a part of a $450 million investment that will bring new jobs to the area and protect hundreds of current jobs.

Details about the staffing and timing are currently being negotiated between FoMoCo and the United Auto Workers according to the letter signed by Rawsonville Plant Manager Kirk Wurtzel and Joel Goddard, chairman of UAW Local 898.

“This is a huge deal for our plant and the community,” said local President Donnie Enersen. “Ford Motor Co. is taking a giant step in green technology, and we applaud them. Not only is this great for our community, it’s great for the environment.”

FoMoCo will build battery-electric versions of the Ford Transit Connect later this year. It also has plans for an electric-version of the Focus in 2011 along with a new plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2012.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News