Why the fury, then? Many environmentalists feel that hybrids, not ethanol, are more environmentally friendly and view Ford's announcement to concentrate more on flex-fuel vehicles another example of the company's double-dealing nature. States Jennifer Krill of the RainForest Action Network, "It's time for American consumers to stop buying into Ford's deceptions."
Personally, I don't fully understand the rage. Ford has stated it will continue hybrid technology in tandem with its E85 push. Many analysts feel the company's so-called "backtracking" on its promise to produce 250,000 hybrids by 2010 is a technical issue since hybrids are far more difficult to manufacture than flex-fuel vehicles.