Plugged-In At Ford
By EV World
Mark Fields, Ford's president for its operations in the western hemisphere, addressed the "Plug-In Electric Vehicles 2008: What Role for Washington?" conference on June 11, 2008. The event organizers -- the Brookings Institute and the Google Foundation -- webcast the entire all-day event. EV World recorded portions of the event, including Mr. Fields remarks, which are available to our premium subscribers via MP3 podcast and for download.
We have also archived an official text copy of the address which is available as the To Complete Text of Speech. For those who wish to listen to his speech, which is some 20 minutes in length, you can do so using either of the two MP3 players at the top of the page, or by downloading it to you computer for transfer to your favorite MP3 device. A quick synopsis of his address, courtesy of the Boston Herald includes the following key points:
- New programs for battery research, something Congress has already committed to increasing in coming years.
- Federal funds to help pay for retooling factories to build plug-in hybrids.
- Tax credits for plug-in hybrid buyers
- Comprehensive government controls over greenhouse gases that would spur new technologies
General Motors vice president Troy Clark also spoke at the same event and EV World will make that MP3 available also.
Finally, the complete streaming video of the conference was captured and hosted by EV World supporter and collaborator Stefano Paris and is available on his personal web site.