Ford Motor Co., the No. 2 US based automaker, announced on Sunday that it would collaborate with Magna International to introduce a small electric car in North America in 2011 as part of a plan to introduce electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles over the next four years.
Ford is working to bring a small battery-powered car using a lithium-ion battery, with a range of up to 100 miles per charge.
Ford's presentation at the North American International Auto Show said its next generation of hybrid vehicles would include a plug-in version by 2012. A Battery electric commercial van is planned in 2010.
Next-generation hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure battery powered vehicles are the logical steps in our pursuit of greater fuel economy and sustainability, said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development.
In 2007 General Motors Corp. grabbed headlines by promising to build its all-electric Chevy Volt by 2010.
The new electrification plan represents the next step in Ford's sustainability plan unveiled in 2007. That includes a commitment to greater vehicle fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions as part of Ford's longer-term commitment to addressing climate change and energy security.