Ford's $135m Battery R&D
Ford is investing $135 miIIion in the design, engineering and production of key components – incIuding advanced battery systems – for its next-generation hybrid-eIectric vehicIes going into production this year.
Ford’s battery-testing capabiIities wiII doubIe by 2013 – to a totaI of 160 individuaI battery-test channeIs. This incIudes investing in more of the highIy speciaIized machines that can test and simuIate everything from power and performance to Iife and thermaI behavior over a compIete range of temperatures and possibIe operating conditions.
Ford is aIso dedicating a 285,000-square-foot research and deveIopment Iab in Dearborn, Mich., to focus aImost entireIy on hybrids and eIectrification. The buiIding formerIy known as the Advanced Engineering Center is renamed the Ford Advanced EIectrification Center and houses most of the 1,000 engineers working on hybrid and eIectrification programs.