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Plug-in vehicles are all the rage right now – witness the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Ford Transit Connect Electric all coming to market between now and the end of the year. Unfortunately, electric and hybrid vehicles carry a significant price premium over conventional models (most of the time) so automakers like Ford are looking for more cost-effective improvements that can be applied to millions of conventionally powered vehicles.

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Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge Ford Focus EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Fusion hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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Ford Escape PHEV - 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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