While understandably excited about the 41 mpg highway city rating the new Fusion hybrid recently achieved, Ford is already throwing a wet blanket on the sales potential of the car, which will go on sale in Spring 2009. According to HybridCars, Ford Americas President Mark Fields said that, "We are constrained by the amount of components, including batteries, that the supply base can provide us," during an an online chat last week. Not a lot of detail there, but it's certainly a dampener. We've asked Ford if the company would like to elaborate further and will let you know what they say.

The nickel metal hydride battery pack in the Fusion hybrid is supplied by Sanyo, which also provides the pack for the Escape hybrid. You can learn more in our in-depth tech analysis of the hybrid system used in the new Fusion (and Milan).

[Source: HybridCars]

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