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We've heard from Ford's Sue Cischke many times over the years, about things like the Escape Plug-in Hybrid test program and the overall state of the green car industry. We won't be hearing from her much in the future, though, at least not in her role as the Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. She will be retiring from that post as of February 1, 2012.

Two activist shareholder groups who work together in an attempt to force automakers to care about green issues - the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the Investor Network on Climate Risk Network (which includes the Connecticut State Treasurer's office) - have backed off of Ford. The groups are pleased with Ford's announcement that details how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in the next dozen years. The groups had targeted FoMoCo for a shareholder resolution

EVS23, the 23rd major symposium on Electric Vehicles organized by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA), began Monday morning in Anaheim, California with a series of addresses that set the stage for what will happen here over the next three days.