While Ford continues to produce redefining electric vehicles, the car manufacturer maintains a strong focus on innovation by doubling battery-testing capabilities and adding new green jobs. In addition, Ford will be increasing the production of electrified cars to the market that will provide customers with a wide variety of choices when it comes to choosing a fuel-efficient vehicle.
Fords dedication and investment into electrified vehicles has never before been as evident as it is now. After adding 60 engineers in the past year, Ford now has more than 1,000 engineers working on these electric vehicles with dozens more to be added within the next year.
Housed in the 285,000 square-foot newly dedicated Dearborn, Michigan Advanced Electrification Center (now referred to as the Ford Advanced Electrification Center), these engineers are helping to speed the development of hybrid and electrical vehicles by as much as 25 percent by doubling battery-testing capabilities.
The good news for customers is that they not only have more choice, but they have faster access to Fords latest and greatest in fuel-saving technologies and vehicles, said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. This stems directly from our decisions to deliver true power of choice
by expanding our dedicated electrified vehicle team and further investing in our facilities.
As the largest domestic producer of hybrid vehicles, Ford has five electric vehicles slated to launch in the fall. That fall line includes:
- Focus Electric: 110 MPGe city; including a charge time of four hours with the available 240-volt charging station
- C-MAX Hybrid: 47 mpg highway, 47 mpg city
- C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid: 95 MPGe; total range of 550 miles
- All-new Fusion Hybrid: 47 mpg highway
- Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Projected to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world
We know what it takes to build world-class hybrids and are building on that expertise, said Kevin Layden, director, Ford Electrification Programs and Engineering. Were 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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