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By Jake Spring
BEIJING, April 6 Ford Motor Co said it
would launch a plug-in hybrid car in China in 2018 and a fully
electric sport-utility vehicle in the next five years, as it
works toward electrifying most of its lineup in the world's
biggest auto market by 2025.
This comes at a time when Beijing is urging automakers to
sell more electric vehicles, laying out strict fuel economy
targets and subsidizing certain new energy vehicle models, in a
bid to cut air pollution and promote technological innovation.
"The time is right for Ford to expand our EV (electric
vehicle) lineup and investments in China," Ford Chief Executive
Mark Fields said in a statement on Thursday.
The U.S. automaker, which makes cars in China through a
joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co,
said it plans for 70 percent of Ford brand vehicles sold in
China to be conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids or full
battery electric by 2025.
Ford said it would launch its first hybrid that is locally
made with Changan, the Mondeo Energi sedan, early next year.
(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Himani Sarkar)