Ford invests to speed up electrification

C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid
C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid: Coming this fall. A projected electric-mode miles per gallon equivalent to three times that of Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid per EPA testing methods. 95 MPGe, total range of 550 miles. (Image: © Ford)

Ford has just announced their investing $135 million in the design, engineering and production of key components like advanced battery systems for its next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles, going into production this year.

They are also dedicating a 285,000-square-foot research and development lab in Dearborn, Michigan to focus almost entirely on hybrids and electrification. Formerly known as the Advanced Engineering Center, the building will be renamed the Ford Advanced Electrification Center and will house most of the approximately 1,000 engineers working on Fords hybrid and electrification programs.

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