Ford: Focus To Be Base of Fuel Cell

The first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle from Ford Motor Co. will be available in 2004 and based on Focus.

Published: 31-Oct-2000

DETROIT (AP) - The first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle from Ford Motor Co. will be available in 2004, the company said Monday, designed to resemble its popular sub-compact sedan, the Ford Focus.

Pollution-free fuel cells, which use hydrogen to create electricity, have become the center of auto industry research. Car makers believe they could eventually replace internal combustion engines over the next several decades.

Many automakers, including Ford, General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler, Toyota and Honda have all committed to building small numbers of fuel cell vehicles by 2004.

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