Ford pools EV, hybrid research as fuel prices jump


* Ford centralizes EV, hybrid development in Michigan * Fuel economy at the heart of vehicle strategy-exec * Engineers look to shorten payback time of plug-ins By Deepa Seetharaman DETROIT, March 28 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is devoting one of its largest research laboratories to the development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles as part of a focus on fuel-efficiency that has been a centerpiece of its revival since late 2006. This year, the No. 2 U.S. automaker will offer nine ...

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