Ford Advances Its P2000 Research Program
6 January 1999Ford Advances Its P2000 Research Program With Hybrid, Fuel Cell and SUV Advances
DETROIT, Jan. 6 -- Ford Motor Company is highlighting developments in its revolutionary P2000 research program at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. P2000 was created to help Ford develop clean and fuel-efficient technologies for next-generation cars and trucks while maintaining today's safety, cost, performance and features. Developments include: * The debut of an advanced hydrogen fuel cell P2000 sedan, a midsize family car. The fuel cell P2000 car is designed to achieve the performance of today's Ford Taurus, which goes from 0 to 60 mph in 12 seconds. The fuel cell stack, powered by Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells made by Ballard Power Systems, and electric drivetrain are targeted to achieve the equivalent of 90 horsepower. * The introduction of Ford's Low Storage Requirement (LSR) hybrid technology. The LSR hybrid electric P2000 will be less complex and lighter than hybrids other automakers have demonstrated. This LSR technology is featured in a dramatic new display showing the DIATA engine, a starter/alternator, an automatically shifted manual transmission and an advanced high-power battery. * The introduction of the Ford P2000 SUV concept, a sport utility vehicle with off-road functionality and truck toughness. Lightweight, with a clean, efficient powertrain, P2000 SUV has low rolling resistance tires and improved aerodynamics. This concept vehicle is also featured with a fuel cell buck utilizing a methanol reformer. The P2000 SUV represents one vision of the future.