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GE fleet to get 2,000 electric cars

DEARBORN, Mich.— General Electric Co. is buying 2,000 plug-in hybrid cars from Ford for its corporate fleet.

Ford and GE announced the purchase Tuesday.

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GE has set a goal of converting half of its fleet to vehicles using alternative energy. With the Ford purchase, GE has 5,000 alternative-fuel vehicles, or 10 percent of its fleet.

Ford will promote GE’s electric vehicle charging stations as part of the agreement.

The two companies also plan to work with researchers from Georgia Tech University to study employees’ driving and charging habits. The results of those studies will be shared with other companies that want to add electric cars to their fleets.

The car, the C-Max Energi, went on sale this month. It can go about 20 miles in its all-electric mode before a gas engine­ kicks in.

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