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June 12, 2002

FutureTruck Competition Runs from June 11th to 21st

Teams of students from 15 top North American universities are demonstrating the advantages of the latest vehicle technologies at the FutureTruck 2002 competition, which runs from June 11th to the 21st. FutureTruck challenges the students to reengineer a Ford Explorer into a low-emissions vehicle with at least 25 percent higher fuel economy — without sacrificing the performance, utility, safety, and affordability consumers want. The student teams are using a variety of technologies, including hybrid vehicle technologies and fuel cells.

The teams endure a number of challenges over the 11-day trial, including performance tests, emissions tests, and an independent judging of the vehicles' look and feel. After starting at Ford's Arizona Proving Grounds, the competition swings through the California Air Resources Board facilities in El Monte, California, and the California Motor Speedway in Fontana, California, before concluding with an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on June 21st. See the FutureTruck Web site .