Ford can't make plug-ins without gov. help?
According to Reuters, Ford will need "substantial government investment" to make plug-in hybrid vehicles a reality, including both research money and tax credits.
"While the basic architecture is similar to our current hybrid electric vehicles, there are engineering challenges," Mark Fields, Ford's North American President told a hybrid electric vehicle conference sponsored by the Brookings Institute think tank and Google.org.
"Japan, China, Korea, and India are significantly funding the research development and deployment of plug-in hybrid vehicle technologies. This is a race we must win," Fields said.