Ford's Gioia Handed Daunting Hybrid Challenge

Bill Ford promised that by 2010, the automaker would produce 250,000 gas-electric hybrid vehicles a year and offer hybrid versions of half of its models.

Published: 17-Nov-2005

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Nancy Gioia doesn't just want to make hybrid-powered vehicles. She wants to help make them this generation's Model T.

Gioia, 45 was thrust into the role as Ford Motor Co.'s hybrid chief Nov. 1 after the sudden resignation of Mary Ann Wright last month.

Now the woman that Ford trusted to oversee the engineering of the latest Thunderbird and Mustang faces what may be her biggest challenge -- fulfilling Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr.'s pledge to transform Ford into a greener company.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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