LOS ANGELES – As Ford Motor Co. deals with the fallout following stories outlining its reliance on Toyota Motor Corp. licenses for some of its hybrid technology, the auto maker may want to take a second to thank the U.S. government for its hybrid “foundation,” as well. But that’s about it. Ford’s Escape Hybrid first U.S. hybrid vehicle to hit market. Little of the advanced technology in the Escape Hybrid comes as a result of the Dept. of Energy’s Partnership for a New Generation of ...

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