Ford to build first electric models for Europe in Spain

The total investment of company's three-year programme in Spain is expected to totalize $410m.

Ford said that its Valencia plant in Spain will build the first hybrid models for European customers with two enhanced technology derivatives of five-seat Ford C-MAX compact multi-activity model to be launched in 2013, which includes full hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

According to Ford, Valencia was confirmed in 2009 as the European single source for all versions of the new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX featuring a range of efficient new Ford EcoBoost petrol and Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.

The total investment in Ford C-MAX programme in Spain over the next three years, including the hybrid models, is expected to be around $410m. The investment in hybrid programmes is expected to be up to $36m.

The company said that full HEVs charge their electric batteries through use of small displacement internal combustion engine along with energy recapture through regenerative brake system, while PHEVs have an ability to recharge their electric batteries through an external source, such as an electric power socket.

The new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models are expected to go on sale across Europe during the second half of 2010, while the seven-seat version of C-MAX for export to North America is expected to begin in late 2011.

John Fleming, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe and executive vice president of global manufacturing and labour affairs, said: "The Hybrid Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric derivatives of the all-new Ford C-MAX are great news for the Valencia plant and region, for Spain, and for Ford customers across Europe".