Ford in the past five years has doubled the size of the team working on fuel-saving technologies like EcoBoost turbocharged petrolengines, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles globally, and is now converting one of its largest research and development labs as it continues to hire workers for further fuel-saving advancements.

The team of over 1,000 engineers working on hybrid and electrification programmes has grown so fast that the company has announced the conversion of its 285,000 sq ft advanced engineering centre in Dearborn, Michigan, to electrified vehicle development.

New jobs are part of plans to add over 12,000 hourly and salaried jobs by 2015 in the US. The company also has announced it is tripling production capacity of its hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in the US in 2013 compared with 2011.

This year Ford will offer nine vehicles reaching an anticipated 40 mpg or more.