You can ask just about anyone at Rawsonville if a launch is easy and you’re bound to get the same answer across the board: No!
In fact, a successful launch is one of the hardest things to accomplish within Ford Motor Company. The battery room has been in full production and bustling with activity since June 2012, and in August the team celebrated the production of the 100,000th battery.
Rawsonville has been cranking out batteries for Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle (FHEV) and Plug in
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) battery packs for 2013 model year Fusion, Lincoln MKZ and C-Max
to the tune of around 450 per day. But it hasn’t always been this busy. A year ago at the start of the launch, only around 15 batteries were being produced daily.
The battery packs include the battery array that holds the charge, a charging and discharging unit, and the brain of the pack, a computer that communicates with the vehicle.The installation of this line continues to not only require a joint effort, but the support from several work groups across the company. The line, which started off with only about nine trained operators, has now grown to around 84 operators and counting.
“The work the team has done has been fantastic, and it’s exciting to be a part of Ford Motor Company,” said Fenelon. “Everyone should be really proud of what we’ve done in battery.”
With the battery department now operating like a well-oiled machine, expectations are higher.
“We’re only 100,000 into a product that could go to one million, so there’s still a lot to learn,” said Fenelon.