When Ford Motor Co. backed away from its commitment to produce as many as 250,000 hybrid-powered vehicles a year, it took considerable abuse from environmentalists.
Who can blame those critics? A few years ago, Ford Motor promised to improve the fuel efficiency of Ford's SUV fleet by 25 percent. That didn't happen, either.
Still, Ford's cautious approach to hybrids is appropriate. It makes sense to invest in a variety of technologies such as diesel engines, fuel-efficient transmissions, direct-injection gasoline engines -- and smaller vehicles, too.
That's exactly what Ford is doing.