Video: Watch as Ford Assembles the Focus Electric in Germany

1 year ago by Electric CarsTV 8

Just over one month ago, Ford kicked off production of the Focus Electric in Europe.

Focus Electric Rolls Off the Line

Focus Electric Rolls Off the Line

More specifically, the Focus Electric began rolling down the line at Ford’s factory in Saarlouis, Germany.

There’s been quite a bit of chatter as to why Ford would produce the Focus Electric overseas rather than shipping completed vehicles there from the US.  We don’t have an explanation for that.

But what’s obvious from this B-roll production video from Ford is that several of the vital electric components, including the heavy and bulky battery pack, appear to come straight from the US.  Dearborn, Michigan to be more precise.  Most likely these parts are shipped first to the US and then some head back out the doors to make the journey to Europe.

This perplexes us even more.

Anyways, if you want to see how the Focus Electric gets assembled overseas, then check it this B-roll production video.

 

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8 responses to "Video: Watch as Ford Assembles the Focus Electric in Germany"

  1. scottf200 says:

    Seems crazy they are building them in Germany only to ship them all to CA because they are a compliance car .

    Title: Focus Electric Only a CA ZEV Compliance Play?
    http://insideevs.com/focus-electric-only-a-ca-zev-compliance-play/

    1. Josh says:

      US FFEs are built here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Assembly_Plant

      These must be for EU.

  2. Alaa says:

    Tesla is by far quicker.

    1. scottf200 says:

      Tesla is by far more expensive.

      1. Josh says:

        It would be interesting to know which one requires more labor hours per vehicle built. Model S obviously uses more raw materials, but to they save money in the assembly process?

  3. Maxvla says:

    Look at all that orange peel.

  4. bloggin says:

    There is really nothing confusing about the Focus Electric production in Germany…..

    “There’s been quite a bit of chatter as to why Ford would produce the Focus Electric overseas rather than shipping completed vehicles there from the US.”

    Two reasons: It’s a capacity issue. The Focus Electric is only produced at the Michigan Assembly Plant and is struggling to produce enough Focus, Focus Electric, C-MAX vehicles to meet NA demand. Also, the Germany plant was upgraded recently with the flexibility like the MAP so it can also handle several body styles down the same line like in Detroit.

    “…..including the heavy and bulky battery pack, appear to come straight from the US. Dearborn, Michigan to be more precise. Most likely these parts are shipped first to the US and then some head back out the doors to make the journey to Europe.”

    The battery cells for the Focus Electric are now manufactured by LG Chem in Michigan. The battery packs are manufactured by Ford in in only one location….Michigan, and are shipped from Michigan to Germany. But there is no reason that the other components would need to be shipped to the US and then to Germany, anymore than all the other components for the ICE Focus sedan, hatch and wagon manufactured in Germany would.

    This is the production of the 2014 Focus Electric at a lower trim level than in NA. Currently Ford has not decided to offer the lower trim level in NA, but it’s not outside of possibility. My guess is that they are waiting to see how well the reduced $35,200 trim level does for 2014.