Ford doubles engineering staff working on fuel-savings technologies to triple production of electrified vehicles

fusionFord has had to carve out new lab space for their engineers working on electric vehicles and other fuel-saving engines and technologies since the size of the team has doubled in the last five years, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press at the end of March.

The company now has more than 1,000 engineers working on hybrids and electrified vehicles, the company said in a release, and those 1,000 are part of a larger team that also works on more fuel-efficient gasoline engines. Ford's vehicle lineup includes hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, including the Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and the new Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.

The company has pledged to triple production capacity of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in the U.S. from 2011 to 2013.

"Ford remains absolutely committed to providing a wide range of choices of top fuel economy solutions for our customers - from EcoBoost-powered gasoline vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics," said Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas.