Bill Ford: Auto Future Hinges on the Electric Car

Ford Motor Co. chairman closes SAE Congress by saying electric cars will be the industry's biggest 'game changer.'

Published: 16-Apr-2010

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford closed out the SAE World Congress on Thursday with an endorsement of the future of electric vehicles.

"All the early cars were electric," said Ford, great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, at the engineers' conference. "They've been around really for the past century or so, but they really haven't had mass-market appeal."

But Ford said the automotive industry is rapidly changing.

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