May 29, 2007

Ford will join British Eco Rally on World Environment Day

Brentwood, Essex – Future and current Ford vehicles will take part in the first Brighton to London Eco Rally on June 5, World Environment Day, in England. While the original London to Brighton Veteran Car Run marks the abolition of the “Red Flag Act” – requiring a man on foot to precede motorized vehicles – the Eco Rally follows the route in reverse, to bring alternative fuel technologies to the capital.

Ford’s centerpiece will be a hydrogen-powered Ford Explorer Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) prototype. It will be Europe’s first glimpse of the latest North America-developed fuel cell system, which achieves a range of 563 km on the zero-emission fuel. The Explorer will be accompanied by the Ford Focus Flexifuel cars, representing low-carbon models currently on sale.

“Ford and rally organizers Revolve are closely aligned in promoting sustainable transport solutions such as FCVs, hydrogen, biofuels and other options,” says Roelant de Waard, Ford of Britain chairman. “This rally will deepen the understanding of greener motoring, not least among the welcoming party of politicians at Trafalgar Square.”

The Explorer FCV will come to the UK from Ford’s Vehicle Research Centre in Aachen, Germany, and will be driven on the rally by motoring journalist and event support Quentin Willson. The Aachen Research Centre is currently running the vehicle as part of its participant in Germany’s fuel cell vehicle test program, which includes real-world testing in Berlin where a pilot hydrogen refuelling infrastructure operates.

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