Transportation secretary sees how the Detroit Three are plugging in

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx toured plants of all of the Detroit Three auto makers—and test drove a plug-in hybrid—during a tour of the region earlier this month. He was joined on the tours by National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland and Representative John Dingell.

In Dearborn, Foxx drove a blue Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid around a test track, and met with Ford president of the Americas John Hinrichs.

Foxx also toured General Motors' Warren transmission plant, and meeting with GM vice president for sustainability and global regulatory affairs, Mike Robinson.

The Secretary's third stop was at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant, where Michigan workers build Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

It was Foxx's first visit to Detroit since being appointed secretary of transportation in July.

A spokeswoman said Foxx was interested in “seeing first-hand the new safety technologies they’ve developed and the new cars they’re building that are helping fuel the auto industry’s comeback.”