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Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle Hits Woodward Dream Cruise

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Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle Hits Woodward Dream Cruise

Chuck Smith
August 23, 2006

Ford makes one great move as it graces one great event. Recently, Ford Focus Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle amazes over a million spectators in this year’s Dream Cruise. Said event was held in Birmingham, Michigan last Saturday, August 19.

Woodward Dream Cruise is a prestigious annual event of car culture. This event is the largest among car celebrations. It attracts millions of spectators as well as famous car manufacturers. In this 12th Woodward Dream Cruise, Ford made an on the road and on display exhibit to put on show its enormous fleet of fuel cell vehicles.

Due to the cost of fuel cell technology, it is deemed that cars such as Focus can be valued close to $1 million. It can be the most expensive car in the Dream Cruise. This is because Ford Focus parts are quite costly and classy. The car looks like sedan, the main difference lies on what is tucked under the floorplan which is the hydrogen fuel cell and auxiliary energy system. The trunk also carries the renewable hydrogen fuel.

Ford Motor Company is operating 9 hybrid hydrogen Ford Focus Fuel Cell vehicles in California. It is one of the 7 cities which Ford has planned to do testing on fuel cell technology. Ford’s fleet is composed of 30 fuel cell vehicles that can mount up more than 180, 000 miles.

Mary Ann Wright, director of Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Programs for Ford Motor Company, said, "the engineers who work on the Focus FCV work hand in hand with those developing our gasoline hybrids. The knowledge we gain by engineering these cars not only benefits our expertise in innovative fuel cell propulsion technology, it also will help us deliver even better gasoline hybrids in the near term."

Ford Focus Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles represent the devotion of Ford to advancing alternative-fuel in today’s generation. In fact, in the next decade, said alternative is expected to be viable in the automotive market.

Source:  Amazines.com



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