Ford Wayne Assembly Plant Getting Green Makeover

Ford is getting ready to dip its toes into the electric-car marketplace with a Focus electric late next year. The Wayne Assembly Plant where it will be built is getting a green makeover too.

The Blue Oval has commited a sizable chunk o’ change towards upgrading and greening the Wayne, Michigan Assembly Plant where the three electrified Focus’s will be built. Ford is planning to add the largest solar panel installation in Michigan to the Wayne Plant, coming in at 500 kilowatts. The stamping plant next door runs on landfill gas, and Ford just recently leased ten electric heavy-duty yard tractors and is installing charging stations for the behemoths.

This is a huge turnaround from just a few years ago, when this factory was responsible for cranking out the gas-guzzling SUV’s and full-size trucks. It will now be devoted to the Focus, Focus electric, plug-in hybrid and conventional hybrid systems not unlike the one now found in the Fusion Hybrid.

The Wayne plant is now Ford’s highest-volume and most modern plant, with reprogrammable toolsets, standardized paint equipment, and a common-build sequence during final assembly. Basically, it can make a lot of different cars based on a similar platform (in this case, the Ford Focus). Aside from the Focus and its electrified variants, a Lincoln compact, C-Max mini-van, and other such cars will likely be built at the Wayne Plant in the future, which I’m betting will only get greener.

Amazing how quickly these changes can happen, and the solar panels and electric tractors will save Ford a lot of money in the long run. A shame they didn’t think to do it sooner, but late is better than never. I wonder how much more it will take to get the factory completely off the grid?

Source: Detroit News

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.