Ford Builds New C-max Energi Plug-In in Michigan

Ford started producing the new C-max Energi plug-in hybrid at its retooled Michigan Assembly plant. The Plant is capable of manufacturing vehicles based on multiple platforms. Ford overhauled the 55 year old plant in 2009 that used to make the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full size SUVs. The cost was $550 million.

According to Ford, the assembly plant is the only one in the world that can produce gas powered, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric cars on the same production line. This is capable due to its advanced retooling and highly trained workers capable of producing a wide range of vehicle models.

Currently, the Michigan plant can produce 5 body styles on 2 platforms including the Ford Focus Electric and the Ford C-max Energi.

Ford has undertaken “One Manufacturing” strategy, which aims at producing multiple models from plants across the world in order to save production costs and fast adaptation to changes in consumer tastes.

According to Jim Tetreault, head of manufacturing in North America, this flexible manufacturing style becomes possible as long as plants produce cars, sedans and crossovers and not pickup trucks. Trucks require too drastic a difference in designing requirements.

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