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Plug-in Hybrid Truck Still Has Hurdles To Jump

It's been a while since we've checked in with ALTe and its plans to convert big work vehicles like the Ford F-150 into plug-in hybrids. So, when we saw a demonstration vehicle sitting outside the San Jose Convention Center at the Plug In 2014 Conference last week, we had to get a closer look. When we did, we realized that it's been quite some time since we've been in a Ride & Drive vehicle that was all beat to heck.

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Ford PHEV Escape – Click above for high-res image gallery

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With the new North American market Ford Fiesta set to launch production in Mexico in just a few months, it's no surprise that someone has spotted one running around near Mexico City. In this case, the car that was seen is the sedan version that is likely to comprise the majority of U.S. sales. Automovil, which got a hold of these pics and saw an electric cord sticking out of the lower grille, is speculating that this is an electrified version of the Fiesta, going so far as to claim that it was o

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Ford Focus EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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GM thinks that it has learned the lesson not to fall behind on technology and won't make that same mistake again. It's for this reason that the Volt is such a big deal for the automaker. Depending on how the next few years play out, though, we will either look back on Ford and realize just how smart the company was or just how deeply its head was stuck in the sand. It seems that Ford believes it has a solid position in hybrid technology and doesn't see an immediate need to be a leader in the dev

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digg_url = 'http://digg.com/hardware/All_the_official_details_of_Ford_and_SCE_s_ambitious_plug_in_hybrid_plan'; The announcement from Ford and Southern California Edison about their plug-in hybrid vehicle joint electric transportation initiative is now starting out in California. Some hints leaked out earlier today, but the full details have been kept under wraps until now. I've described the news below, and you can read the full, official announcement after the jump.

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We're still waiting for the official announcement from Ford and Southern California Edison on their plug-in hybrid plans, which will be coming in a few hours, but the AP has come out with a story that gives us a few more details on this "effort to speed up delivery of mass produced hybrid vehicles to the marketplace."

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On Monday July 9, the CEOs from Ford and Edison International are scheduled to make an announcement about a plug-in hybrid project. Although no further details are available right now, it seems likely that Ford will supply some plug-in hybrid vehicles for Southern California Edison to test in their service area. We'll keep you posted as information becomes available.

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A favorite of the U.S. Army, Ford and GM for various hydrogen vehicle services (see links below), Quantum announced today that the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has given Quantum a $2.1 million contract to "develop and demonstrate plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)" that get 35-40 miles of battery-only driving.

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Ford's director of hybrid programs, Nancy Gioia delivered a speech at the Automotive News World Congress, in Dearborn and revealed that Ford is considering building a plug-in hybrid vehicle. So far, Ford's hybrid efforts have been limited to the Escape/Mariner/Tribute, although a Fusion hybrid is under development and should be available some time in 2008.

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The state of New York has awarded a contract to Hybrids Plus to build a plug-in Ford Escape Hybrid. The intent of the program is to evaluate the viability of plug-in hybrids and how much of an environmental benefit can be achieved on an SUV. The Escape will be tested for use in the New York state vehicle fleet. Five other hybrid vehicles are also being converted and tested. If testing works out, all of the 400 plus hybrids that New York has could end up being converted.

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