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Each automaker will go their own way with hybrid truck development

Toyota and Ford have been working together for the past two years to develop a hybrid system that can be used in full-size pickup trucks. However, the two automakers announced today that they are parting ways with Ford saying that it plans to launch its own hybrid system for trucks later in this decade.
Considering the blows Ford has taken recently with its hybrid vehicles not making the grade in real-world fuel economy, you might think they would want help from Toyota, the current hybrid technology leader.

Toyota A-BAT Hybrid pickup concept from 2007

"After successfully completing the feasibility and development of the hybrid system project with Toyota, Ford is moving forward on its own with development of a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system for Ford pickups and SUVs," Ford said in a statement.

Toyota also issued a statement saying in part, "We have agreed to develop hybrid systems individually."

Toyota and Ford did leave the door open for collaboration on other projects. Specifically, the two companies are considering another joint effort to develop infotainment systems and other telematics projects. Ford could certainly use some help with its infotainment systems as they are often pointed to as the reason the automaker has seen a decline in customer satisfaction

Sources: Detroit News, USA Today

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maybe in 10 years
By AssBall on 7/24/2013 12:43:07 PM , Rating: 3
When a hybrid truck is:

-More reliable
-More capable/practical

Than a diesel, without subsidy mind you, I will care.

After gas prices and engine emissions are artificially dictated by enough mandatory regulations it will drive the cost of a decent pickup up substantially. Only then technology will then be efficient fiscally. That's how green technology works.

RE: maybe in 10 years
By grooves21 on 7/24/2013 12:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
So, you'll pay more for a vehicle because you don't believe in government subsidies?

RE: maybe in 10 years
By sleepeeg3 on 7/25/2013 8:38:24 AM , Rating: 2
Subsidies are nothing to be "believed" in. Those subsidies have to be paid from your wallet eventually. If not directly at the dealer then through taxes.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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