I'm more excited that Ford is staying in business than I am about the electric cars but there are pros and cons to this announcement today. As journalists are reporting this as a good sign of technology, jobs and the American economy, I have some questions.
Haven't we done this before?
As I recall, it was mainly the lack of profits that "killed the electric car" the last time any large scale manufacturing came to pass. So, what's in it for them (auto industry) this time?
In addition to this question, is it really a good idea to partner with a company who will sell the technology to ANY car manufacturer? Won't that make this attempt even less profitable? Where's the sense in that? I don't buy the whole deal that it's for the planet. Not when it's government mandated that Ford build 4 new electric cars by 2012.
"The electric Ford Focus, due out in early 2011, is largely the product of Canada-based auto parts and assembly supplier Magna International. Magna developed the car mostly on its own, building it inside a Ford Focus body for demonstration purposes." exerpted from CNNMoney.com
"From the 6,000 lbs Navigator to the 2,500 lbs FocusFord has decided to transform its Michigan SUV plant into a "modern, flexible small car plant". It will begin production of the global Focus small car in 2010, and an electric version of the Focus in 2011 (to help Ford meet its commitment of 4 electric vehicles by 2012). " exerpted from treehugger article.
While it's also pretty good to get away from fossil fueled cars there are negative impacts of using electricity too. Hopefully this next electric car will be able to utilize a solar powered outlet too! Now THAT would be better than plugging it in to a wall and using electricity from a coal powered plant.
More jobs, more people employed and able to feed their families, I hope this was the main goal of Ford's "re-focusing". Pun intended!