announced that it will begin producing electric traction motors for
hybrid and plug-in vehicles in a factory in Houston, Texas, and
automaker Ford will be
first in line to purchase them.
next-generation hybrid system is expected to be released in 2012.
Since the release of the Escape
hybrid in 2005, Ford has worked with Aisin Seiki, a Japanese
supplier, for production of its hybrid transaxles. Now, Ford has
decided to "bring production of its hybrid transaxles in-house
for the new system."
decision to locate this new production in the United
States," said Sherif Marakby, Director of Electrification
Programs and Engineering at Ford Motor Company. "This key
technology will help build U.S. capacity and supply of components to
further enable vehicle electrification in the North American market."
will be "supplying
the motors for integration into the transmissions" that
will be built at aFord
factory in Wayne, Michigan. These motors will be used for plug-in
vehicles and will represent a new hybrid generation.
Toshiba's plant in Houston, the company is expanding the production
line for "high performance drive motors" such as electric
vehicles (EV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and plug-in hybrid
electric vehicles (PHEV). They will begin construction for this
factory in January 2011, and begin production of the motors in 2012.
According to the press
release, "Toshiba estimates that the global market for
motors for such vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and
battery electric vehicles, will grow from 50 billion yen in fiscal
year 2009 to 1 trillion yen in fiscal year 2020." In addition,
the company is happy to contribute to the United States' by building
recognizes the importance of localizing
production within North America to ensure long term growth
and make a commitment to the North American market," said
Shinichiro Akiba, President of the Toshiba
International Corporation, which is a Houston-based Toshiba Group
company that manufacture and markets motors and industrial equipment,
and the base for this expansion program.
expansion in Texas will be Toshiba's first "overseas
manufacturing base for automotive propulsion motors which are
currently produced in Mie Prefecture, Japan" and the decision to
move has led them to a major contract with Ford Motor Company.