Both customers and engineers are benefitting from Ford’s investment in an Electrification Center of Excellence in Dearborn, MI. “The good news for customers is that they not only have more choice, but they have faster access to Ford’s 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.” More than 1000 engineers are currently working on vehicle electrification at Ford; 60 of these were added in the last year and dozens more are predicted. Most of these engineers are housed in a 285,000-ft² (26,500-m²)research and development lab dedicated to hybrid and electrification programs. The Electrification Center of Excellence is part of Ford's $135 million investment in the design, engineering, and production of key components for its next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles going into production this year.