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March 27, 2002

Ford: Fuel-Cell-Powered Focus Available for Fleets in 2004

Ford Motor Company expects a fuel-cell-powered version of its Ford Focus sedan to be commercially available for use in company fleets by 2004. The Focus FCV combines high- pressure hydrogen gas storage with a Ballard Mark 900 fuel cell to achieve a peak power output of 90 horsepower and a peak torque of 140 foot-pounds. The vehicle has a top speed of greater than 80 miles per hour and a range of 100 miles. See Ford's "TH!NK Mobility" Web site.

Ford is expected to unveil a prototype of the Focus FCV later this week at the New York International Automobile Show (NYIAS). See the NYIAS Web site.

Volkswagen is developing its own fuel-cell car based on the European version of the Jetta, called the Bora. Volkswagen's Bora HY.POWER prototype uses a 75-kilowatt motor to achieve the equivalent power output of a 102-horsepower engine. Rather than using batteries, the Volkswagen vehicle draws on two 15-kilowatt ultracapacitors to provide a power boost when accelerating or going uphill. The company announced last month that the prototype successfully passed a mid-winter long-range test drive that included a 6,578-foot mountain pass. See the Volkswagen press release.