Ford, Chevy Eye Gas-Electric Market

After falling behind Japan on hybrid cars, Ford and GM are planning a comeback. They're showing — though not yet selling — combination gas-electric cars with an improvement. You plug them in to charge them. They use even less gas. Ford's car is called the Flexible Series Hybrid Edge. GM gets more to the point with a car called the Chevrolet Volt.

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If you're an American carmaker and behind the curve, at least you can improve on the car that beat you. After falling behind Japan on hybrid cars, Ford and GM plan a comeback. They're showing, though not yet selling, combination gas-electric cars with an improvement. You plug them in to charge them. They use even less gas. Ford's car is called the Flexible Series Hybrid Edge. GM gets more to the point with a car called the Chevrolet Volt.

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