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June 02, 2003

FutureTruck Competition Now Underway Near Detroit

Teams of students from 15 top universities converged near Detroit on June 2nd to demonstrate how the Ford Explorer can achieve low air emissions while boosting fuel economy by at least 25 percent. No, this was not some form of environmental protest, but rather a competition by engineering students to find the best way to save fuel and cut emissions for Ford Motor Company's sport utility vehicle. The re-engineered Ford Explorers include such features as hybrid electric drives, lightweight components, and engines fueled with hydrogen and other alternative fuels.

The FutureTruck competition, sponsored by Ford and DOE, takes place from June 2nd through the 12th at Ford's Michigan Proving Ground in Romeo, Michigan, and at the Allen Park Testing Lab in Allen Park. The vehicles are judged in a number of events that evaluate their technical performance and design. DOE's Argonne National Laboratory is managing the competition, which concludes with a press conference on June 13th. The team will then display their vehicles at the Ford headquarters through June 16th. See the FutureTruck Web site, and follow the progress of the teams on the FutureTruck Competition 2003 Web site.