America Playing Catch Up in Battery Manufacturing

Nearly all of the advanced batteries used in cars and trucks are manufactured in Korea and Japan.

Published: 01-Jan-2009

By Rick Haglund

Ford Motor Co.'s new Fusion Hybrid is being touted as a retort to members of Congress who criticized Detroit automakers for lacking innovation and not building vehicles consumers want.

The 2010 Fusion gasoline-electric hybrid, which goes on sale in the spring, will get 41 miles per gallon in city driving, making it the most fuel-efficient midsize car sold in the United States. Its in-city fuel economy beats the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg.

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