Ford, utility ready to work on plug-in car
Automaker, Southern California Edison to unveil alliance in response to demand for energy-efficient vehicles.
July 6 2007: 11:24 PM EDT
DETROIT (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co. and power utility Southern California Edison will announce an unusual alliance Monday aimed at clearing the way for a new generation of rechargeable electric cars, the companies said.
Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally and Edison International Chief Executive John Bryson are scheduled to meet with reporters at Edison's headquarters in Rosemead, Calif., the companies said.
The two chief executives will announce a "joint initiative" that represents a first-of-its-kind tie-up between a major automaker and a major utility in the area of "plug-in" hybrid vehicle technology, representatives of both companies said.
Further details were not immediately available, but environmental advocates said the tie-up showed the momentum building for developing rechargeable hybrid vehicles as a way to reduce oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Environmental advocates, particularly in California, have been pressing automakers to roll out such plug-in vehicles that would be capable of running on electricity for short distances and recharging at a standard electric outlet.
"I think they're all realizing that the handwriting is on the wall," said Sherry Boschert, a plug-in vehicle advocate and author.
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