DETROIT – The internal combustion engine still has a long and vibrant future, but the auto industry must recognize that fossil fuels will be available only until about 2100 or 2200, says Gerhard Schmidt, Ford Motor Co. vice president-Research and Advanced Engineering. And when that day comes, “hydrogen will play a significant role,” Schmidt tells a recent Automotive Press Assn. luncheon to kick off the upcoming Convergence 2004, the bi-ennial automotive electronics conference that ...

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