DETROIT – Patience is key to the development of hydrogen-based fuel cells, Ford Motor Co.’s vice president-research warns as Washington is poised to unveil a new government-industry partnership to refine the technology. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham is expected to announce Wednesday the establishment of Freedom CAR. It will replace the much-maligned Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) that sought to develop a vehicle capable of 80 mpg. But Gerhard Schmidt offers this ...

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