North Carolina Governor Mike Easley says that he's tired of being at the mercy of foreign governments that are sometimes hostile to the US, and wants increased research into plugin hybrids that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Gov. Mike Easley announced Tuesday that he wants the state to start utilizing North Carolina State University's Advanced Transportation Energy Center.

The ATEC will focus on three things:

A battery that is lighter, stronger and cheaper. This will be a lithium ion technology hopefully going from a current $10,000 price to around $3,000.

Set up a grid power system for people to recharge their cars along the highway system.

Building a safer and lighter and more aerodynamic car.