Manager of sustainable mobility technologies, Ford Motor Co.
Chosen because: Tamor, 55, leads Ford's research on hybrid-electric vehicle and electric vehicle propulsion technologies. He also heads research on materials science and system design to commercialize fuel cell propulsion technology. Tamor led a hybrid-electric vehicle program by Ford, the Midwest Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy that developed the P2000 lightweight aluminum hybrids and the Prodigy hybrid concept. Tamor also developed and brought to concept readiness the Ford plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system used in the Southern California Edison demonstration fleet and recently announced for the C-Max Energi.
Quote: "If you think about the 15- to 20-year time frame, you could argue that all vehicles are going to be hybrids. Electricity is here to stay in the auto industry."