Carmaker Ford is accelerating production of all-electric vehicles after deciding that rapid growth in the market which suggested that needed to boost its plans.
It is investing about $900m (£682m) in new production capacity at a plant in Michigan, which is creating about 900 jobs. Head of global operations Joe Hinrichs said it had "taken a fresh look" at the growth in electric vehicles.
Ford stands in the second number of all the US carmakers, also said it would start production of autonomous vehicles in a couple of years.
The company has been talking to Germany's Volkswagen about an alliance to invest and built electric and autonomous vehicles. Mr. Hinrichs said the talks had been positive, but there was nothing yet to declare.
Last year, Ford had made a long-term plan to invest about $11bn in new vehicle technologies. Mr. Hinrichs told reporters: "When we were taking a look at our $11bn investment in electrification, it became obvious to us that we were going to need a second plant in the not-too-distant future to add capacity for our battery electric vehicles."
The latest investment will concentrate on Ford's Flat Rock plant in south-east Michigan, which employs about 3,400 people building the Mustang and Lincoln Continental cars.
Ford was running according to the plan of an all-electric sport utility vehicle in the year 2020 that will be built at its factory in Cuautitlan, Mexico. In January, the company said it wanted to have about 40 hybrid and all-electric cars in its design line-up by 2022 and about 16 of which will be fully electric.
"As we ramp up AV production, this plan allows us to adjust our investment spending to accommodate the pace of growth of this exciting new technology," Mr. Hinrichs said.
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