The 285,000ft2 research and development lab will focus on the design, engineering and production of key components for its next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles.

Ford Electrification Programs and Engineering director Kevin Layden said that the company knew what it took to build hybrid vehicles and was building on that expertise.

"We’re continuing to invest so Ford can continue to lead in the delivery of top fuel economy, durability and driving dynamics in our electrified vehicles," added Layden.

Ford will double its battery-testing capability and triple its electrified vehicle production capacity by 2013 to reduce by 25% the lead time for vehicles to reach the markets.