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Ford underscores its love of cars, spends $135 to make them happen

really, really wants you to that it’s big on electric Really. To that end, putting $135 million its mouth is as part of the design and for the electrified vehicles rolling out to lots this year, as the Focus Electric. A new research in Dearborn is also being as the Advanced Electrification Center to the uniform dedication to EVs and hybrids the 1,000 researchers that the Center their home from home. We already that the company plans to its manufacturing capacity to make of the cars a year by 2013, but of the supporting aspects are getting own lift, Ford adds: hiring more engineers and its battery testing capacity.

The of improvements you’ll find the break reflects some on Ford’s part, especially it tries to stretch its jobs but it’s good news all the If the expansion keeps the likes of GM and on their toes, drivers win as a whole.

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Investment in Electrification Center of Delivers New Jobs, Better Economy, More Choice

* now has more than 1,000 working on vehicle electrification its number ever; 60 engineers in the last year, dozens to be added in the year ahead

* of the 1,000 engineers are located one roof at the newly dedicated Electrification Center in Dearborn,

* Ford is doubling its battery-testing by 2013, helping accelerate its and electric vehicle development by as as 25 percent

* By developing more in-house through investments in and people, Ford is delivering affordable and fuel-efficient vehicles to its

DEARBORN, Mich. Aug. 15, Ford is adding new green doubling its battery-testing capabilities and electrified vehicles to market by at 25 percent, creating even fuel-efficient choices for customers.

The news for customers is that not only have more but they have faster to Ford’s latest and greatest in technologies and vehicles, said Joe Ford vice president of Engineering. This stems from our decisions to deliver power of choice by expanding our electrified vehicle team and investing in our facilities.

Ford is investing $135 in the design, engineering and production of key including advanced battery for its next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles into production this

For example, Ford’s battery-testing will double by 2013 to a of 160 individual battery-test channels. includes investing in more of the specialized machines that can and simulate everything from and performance to life and thermal over a complete range of and possible operating conditions.

Ford is dedicating a 285,000-square-foot and development lab in Dearborn, Mich. to almost entirely on hybrids and The building formerly known as the Engineering Center is renamed the Advanced Electrification Center and most of the 1,000 engineers on hybrid and electrification programs.

continues to build its electrified with 60 engineers hired in the year and dozens more to be filled this year.

of choice

Customers benefit Ford’s investments in two ways fuel-efficient vehicle options and better value.

Ford is reducing the cost of its hybrid system by 30 percent the company’s previous-generation system. Ford is launching five vehicles this year as of its power of choice strategy to leading fuel economy its lineup and triple electrified production capacity by 2013.

The electrified vehicles Ford is in line with its goal of customers with power of when it comes to fuel-efficient The five electrified vehicles

* Focus Electric: Production late 2011; America’s fuel-efficient compact with 110 city; charge time of hours with the available charging station, which is half the time as Nissan

* C-MAX Hybrid: EPA-certified to 47 mpg highway, 47 mpg city at least 3 mpg than Toyota Prius v and 47 mpg with more performance and and all at a $1,300-lower base price

* Energi plug-in hybrid: this fall; a projected miles per gallon equivalent is more than three that of Toyota Prius hybrid per EPA testing methods; 95 total range of 550 miles

* All-new Fusion Hybrid: this fall; 47 mpg expected to Toyota Camry Hybrid by 5 mpg

* Fusion Energi plug-in Will begin production by the end of aiming to be the most fuel-efficient car in the world

More information Ford’s electrified vehicle including press releases, specifications and other related can be found online here.

remains America’s largest producer of hybrid vehicles. The launched the Escape Hybrid in and Fusion Hybrid in 2010, both delivering strong satisfaction and industry-leading fuel driving dynamics and durability.

Typical of the auto industry, early hybrids contained that involved third in everything from design to

As the scope of Ford’s hybrid expanded, however, Ford new efficiencies by bringing research, and production of electrified vehicles said Anand Sankaran, executive technical leader, Storage and HV Systems.

Time is of the especially when we have a launch date, said


Ford’s doubling of its battery-testing is one example of how crucial time is as the company no longer has to search for the supplier with the right to quickly perform specific

The expanded battery-testing capabilities the team to quickly collect, and apply vast amounts of and when needed modify and easily adapt necessary Projects are completed at least 25 faster than they with previous-generation hybrids, said.

Ford AEC: and present

The Ford Advanced Center, formerly the Advanced Center, is located within the Henry and Edsel Ford Engineering Center, the 500-acre complex in Dearborn that in 1953 and serves as the home for and engineering efforts.

It was constructed on the campus in 1993 as part of an $84 project that centered on noise, vibration and harshness with several state-of-the-art within.

That changed in As Ford’s investment in electrified such as Fusion Hybrid so did the size of the Sustainable Mobility team behind it, said Gray, Ford chief Global Core Engineering and Electric Vehicles.

The rapid growth has not only together a large group of and smart engineers, it has brought innovators from diverse Many have experience in working on jets, rockets, satellites and unmanned aircraft. One even spent time in the seat of the Goodyear Blimp.

We what it takes to build hybrids and are building on that said Kevin Layden, Ford Electrification Programs and We’re continuing to invest so can continue to lead in the delivery of top economy, durability and driving in our electrified vehicles.

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