US car manufacturer Ford is going to increase it’s workforce and double it’s battery testing capabilities to enable in-house development of more electric vehicles.
There are now more than 1000 engineers working on vehicle electrification technologies at it’s R&D Advanced Electrification Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
Ford is investing $135 million in the design, engineering and production of the key systems for electric vehicles including batteries for its next generation of hybrid electric vehicles going into production this year. This will speed up the time it takes vehicles to get to market by 25%.
“The good news for customers is that they not only have more choice, but they have faster access to Ford’s latest and greatest in fuel-saving technologies and vehicles,” says Joe Bakaj, Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering.
Ford says it is reducing the cost of its current hybrid system by 30% compared with its predecessor and plans to launch five electrified vehicles this year, including the Focus Electric, the C-MAX Hybrid and the all new Fusion Hybrid.
“We know what it takes to build world-class hybrids and are building on that expertise,” says Kevin Layden, director of Ford’s electrification programmes. “We’re continuing to invest so Ford can continue to lead in the delivery of top fuel economy, durability and driving dynamics in our electrified vehicles.”
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