Ford, Ford Focus EV to launch in Arizona, Texas by end of summer
Ford, the carmaker that made the Ford Focus, announced it will make an electric vehicle in Texas.
The announcement comes as Ford has been struggling to ramp up sales in the state and as automakers have ramped up the pace of production.
The company said it will offer two models: the Ford Fusion, which is built at its plant in China and the Ford F-150 pickup, which will be made in Mexico.
The Fusion will be available in Arizona in 2019 and the F-80 will be introduced in 2019 in California.
“We are excited to announce the introduction of the Ford Escape in Arizona,” said Ford’s president of vehicle marketing and public relations, Jeff Holden.
The Ford Escape will be built at the Ford factory in Mexico and is expected to arrive in Arizona by the end of the year.
The Fiesta will also be introduced by the automaker in 2019.
Holden said the Escape and Fiesta will be the first vehicles in Ford’s lineup that are electrified.
“It’s a bold move, but it’s one that makes sense to us,” Holden said.
Ford will offer the Ford Fiesta in five states, including Arizona.
The automaker plans to introduce the Fiesta and Fusion models in all of the states it markets.
Holden, who also runs Ford’s global operations, said the Ford brand would be better positioned to capture the growing interest in EVs in the U.S. The companies will begin production of the Fusion and Escape in Mexico in 2019, and the Fiesta in 2018.
The Escape and Fusion will arrive in California in 2019 for both the base and premium models, respectively.
Holden added that the Fusion will come standard on new Ford vehicles in 2020.
“By the end.
of this year, we expect to have a small handful of vehicles that will be fully electric,” Holden told the AP in a statement.
Ford said the Fusion, Escape and F-8 will all be sold in select markets, including California, Florida, Texas and Michigan.
The F-100 pickup will be offered in Arizona.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm and demand for electrified vehicles in the United States, but to reach those consumers is going to require more investment,” Holden added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.