Ford plans $11 billion investment in electrified vehicles

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Ford has announced $11 billion investment in electric vehicles

Ford will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022, in the process having 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup.

Chairman Bill Ford confirmed the news at the Detroit auto show.

The investment figure is sharply higher than a previously announced target of $4.5 billion by 2020, the company said, and includes the costs of developing dedicated electric vehicle architectures.

Of the 40 electrified vehicles the firm plans for its global lineup by 2022, 16 will be fully electric and the rest will be plug-in hybrids.

In a statement, company executives said: “We’re all in on this and we’re taking our mainstream vehicles, our most iconic vehicles, and we’re electrifying them.

“If we want to be successful with electrification, we have to do it with vehicles that are already popular.”

Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett told investors in October the automaker would slash $14 billion in costs over the next five years and shift capital investment away from sedans and internal combustion engines to develop more trucks and electric and hybrid cars.

In October, Ford announced the launch of its new innovation centre in London.

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