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Mark Fields is a Ford executive vice president and president of Ford of the Americas responsible for it operations in North, Central and South America.

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Ford of the Americas president Mark Fields' address to the Brookings-Google.org conference

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:

  1. New programs for battery research, something Congress has already committed to increasing in coming years.

  2. Federal funds to help pay for retooling factories to build plug-in hybrids.

  3. Tax credits for plug-in hybrid buyers

  4. Comprehensive government controls over greenhouse gases that would spur new technologies
On the topic of U.S. federal government support for advanced automotive battery research, the Korean government announced that it had funded to the nearly of nearly $40 million the developing of a battery suitable for use in Hyundai hybrids starting next year. Meanwhile the feds have come up with a paltry $30 million to fund similar research in the USA.

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.

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Published: 19-Jun-2008

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