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USA: Ford amps up electric vehicle design work

Ford Motor Co., debuting five battery-powered models this year, is spending $135 million to design electric-drive parts and double battery testing.

Ford is moving more battery research in-house and has hired 60 engineers in the last year, bringing its electric-vehicle engineering staff to more than 1,000, according to a statement today. The moves help reduce the cost of hybrid systems by 30 per cent and speed development by 25 per cent, Ford said.

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