TOKYO – When Ford Motor Co. announced plans in September to boost hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) production to 250,000 units annually by 2010, it acknowledged that cultivating a U.S. supply infrastructure would be one of the hurdles. That is because today, more than 90% of hybrid vehicles are built in Japan and, as a result, the preponderance of component makers are Japanese. Moreover, both HEV volume leaders Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. produce many key hybrid systems and ...

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