Detroit is one of 20 pilot markets for the Ford Focus Electric

Beginning at the end of 2011, Ford will begin production of its all new Focus Electric, which will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in the City of Wayne (Built By Michigan!).

Detroit is one of the first markets selected for Ford Focus Electric, along with 19 other cities coast to coast.

“There is a great deal of excitement for the Focus Electric across America and Ford wants to build on this enthusiasm by making our first all-electric passenger vehicle available in as many pilot markets as possible,” said Mark Fields, president of the Americas, Ford Motor Company. “As the country continues to build up its electric vehicle infrastructure and demand for the Focus Electric grows, Ford will continue to evaluate additional markets and consider making this vehicle available in more cities across the country.”

Ford has been working with local governments and utilities to prepare the way for the adoption of electric vehicles. Some of their efforts focus on education programs and sharing information on charging needs and requirements, both to make it easier for consumers to charge their vehicles and to ensure the electrical grid can support the growing demand.

“Making electric vehicles a viable option for consumers requires teamwork across a variety of industries and government entities,” according to Nancy Gioia, director of global electrification at Ford. “Working with utilities, governments and technology companies is a key part of our electric strategy to make sure the infrastructure and support for electric vehicles is in place as we begin rolling them out.”Ford’s commitment to work with utilities and local governments is very much in sync with the efforts of Built By Michigan, which aims to ensure that state and local governments understand why they need to invest in the vehicles and infrastructure needed to support this growing market. Please encourage others to sign our petition to show your support for electric vehicles Built By Michigan!

Jeanette Clute and Donna Bell of Ford Motor Company stand in front of a 
Ford Focus Electric vehicle at the Business of Plugging In conference in Dearborn this October.