Originally created 09/23/05

Ford goes hybrid



DEARBORN, Mich. - Is there a hybrid in your future?

Ford Motor Co. Chair-man and CEO Bill Ford said Wednesday that gasoline-electric hybrid engines will be available in half the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lineup by 2010.

He said the automaker will be able to produce 250,000 hybrids in the next five years. It now has two hybrid sport utility vehicles on the market.

"We know that our customers are concerned about energy," Mr. Ford said. "Our job is to alleviate some of their concerns with viable options in their choice of transportation."

He said Ford also will release four vehicles that can run on fuel-efficient, cleaner-burning ethanol in 2006: the F-150 pickup and Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car sedans. It plans to produce 280,000 ethanol-capable vehicles in 2006.

Hybrids now make up less than 1 percent of all vehicles sold.

- Associated Press