The Ford Motor Company has announced that it will invest $550 million to transform a former SUV plant in Michigan into a modern, green facility to produce fuel-efficient small cars such as the next generation Focus which will includie an electric version.

Production of the new Focus global small car in the Michigan plant will begin next year. The plant will employ about 3,200 people. Manufacture of the electric Focus will start in 2011.

Ford’s President and CEO Alan Mulally said that "The transformation of Michigan Assembly Plant embodies the larger transformation underway at Ford".

Ford is planning to deliver four new electric vehicles into the U.S. market by 2012. As well as the electric Focus, Ford has announced that will be an electric Transit van on the market in 2010. There are also plans for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles.