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Ford's Planned Electric Car Expected to be in Showrooms by 2011

January 12, 2009

DETROIT --- Ford Motor Co. plans to bring a fully electric car to showrooms by 2011, the automaker announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car will get up to 100 miles on a single charge, Ford said.

In addition, the company plans to offer plug-in versions of its gas-electric hybrid vehicles by 2012, the Associated Press reported. Also in the works, the company said, is a battery-powered commercial van that will hit the market in 2010.

"We're employing a comprehensive approach to electrification that will tackle commercial issues such as batteries, standards and infrastructure," Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said. He added that the company is collaborating with utility companies in California, as well as with governments in Colorado and China, to develop projects that use plug-in vehicles.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development, said the company will start out selling 5,000 to 10,000 electric vehicles annually, AP reported.



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