Video: Watch as Ford Assembles the Focus Electric in Germany

JUL 18 2013 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 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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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/

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

These must be for EU.

Tesla is by far quicker.

Tesla is by far more expensive.

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?

Look at all that orange peel.

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… Read more »