Energy-Efficient Truck Supporters Stage Protest

Sacramento television station's report on "park-in" protest by Ford Ranger EV drivers now in its fourth day.

Published: 18-Jan-2005

Drivers love their electric, non-polluting Ford trucks so much they're staging a "car sit-in" in Sacramento protesting the automaker's decision to take back the Ford EV Rangers.

Ford Motor Company marketed the cars in California to comply with a law stating that by 2003, 10 percent of new cars sold in the state must have zero emissions.

Drivers like Dave Raboy can't say say enough good things about the fuel-efficient and non-polluting Ranger pickup he's leased since 1999. "For the last three and-a-half years it's cost me nothing," Raboy said. "No maintenance. No oil. Zip."


Third quarter losses and fierce competition for American car and truck buyers, prompted the automaker to launch a corporate-wide campaign last month to reposition Ford Motor as a leader in innovation and cutting-edge energy policies.

While Ford is having trouble getting hybrids to American buyers, in the UK, Ford cars average 20-40 mpg more than their US counterparts.

Ford's next hybrid will be the Fusion slated to be introduced in 2008, along with the Mercury Milan Hybrid.


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