Ford’s Mark Fields Wants Federal Support for Development of Plug-in Hybrids

Mark Fields

The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment should make plug-in hybrids a nation­al pri­or­i­ty and invest in tech­nol­o­gy, Ford’s Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­c­as Mark Fields said. Fields is con­cerned that gov­ern­ments in Japan, Chi­na, Korea, and India are fund­ing research, devel­op­ment, and deploy­ment. On the same day as Fields’ com­ments, Toy­ota announced it would offer plug-in hybrid for sale by 2010 in the U.S., Japan, and Europe with the next gen­er­a­tion lithi­um-ion bat­ter­ies.