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Ford Receives Michigan Tax Credits for Future Electric Vehicles, Battery Development

Incentive will help accelerate Ford's recently announced aggressive electrification strategy, designed to bring four electrified vehicles to market by 2012.

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. has received a $55 million incentive from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for its work in advanced battery and electrical vehicle development. Ford will receive refundable tax credits through the new Michigan Advanced Battery Credits initiative, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm announced yesterday.

The first of its kind in the country, the initiative provides refundable tax credits to encourage companies to invest in electric vehicle engineering and advanced automotive battery research in Michigan.

Approved by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, the incentive will be used to accelerate Ford’s plans to produce next-generation hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles.

Ford recently announced an aggressive electrification strategy to bring four new vehicles to market. Ford’s electrification strategy involves three types of electrified vehicles – battery electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – to provide consumers with significant fuel economy improvements and reduced CO2 emissions without compromising their driving experience.

Through its new electrification strategy, Ford plans to deliver a suite of electrified vehicles to market by 2012.

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