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FORD HYBRID VEHICLE
LEADERSHIP CONTINUES WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TAXI FLEET IN NYC
- Ford confirms development of third-generation
of hybrids as part of its commitment to increase
production ten-fold, to 250,000 units annually by 2010
- Development will be in house, and new
transaxle will be capable of handling both 4-cylinder and
- Fords hybrid leadership
continues with the debut of Escape Hybrid taxis in New
DEARBORN, Mich. Nov. 9, 2005 Ford
Motor Company today took another step toward delivering on its
commitment of putting 250,000 hybrid vehicles a year on the road
by 2010, announcing that engineering work is under way on the
third-generation of its hybrid transaxle.
To grow our hybrid business, we have
to be able to provide ourselves more flexibility, says Dr.
Gerhard Schmidt, Ford vice president of Ford Research and
Advanced Engineering. We have a good partner now on our
current transaxle, but we need to control our own destiny. This
is an investment in our future.
The transaxle is the central device in Fords
hybrid vehicles, responsible for transferring the power from the
battery and/or the gasoline engine to the wheels. The hybrid
transaxle also allows for the recovery of kinetic energy through
the hybrids regenerative braking system.
Fords third-generation transaxle will
be capable of handling both 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines.
The Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner
Hybrid are equipped with Fords first-generation transaxle,
which Ford developed jointly with Aisin AW. In 2008, the Ford
Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid will come equipped with
Fords second-generation transaxle.
With each new generation of transaxles,
Ford is improving the fuel efficiency of its hybrids and reducing
the cost of the system.
As hybrids grow to mainstream volumes
in the United States, we need to develop a supply base here, too,
Schmidt said. We are taking the necessary steps to develop
the technology, the intellectual expertise and the great products
to make hybrid vehicles as commonplace as any other powertrain.
Ford Escape Hybrid Taxis in New York
Ford also announced that the Ford Escape Hybrid would debut this
week as one of the first hybrid taxis carrying passengers
throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Ford, the New York
City Taxi & Limousine Commission and the Coalition for Smart
Transportation will mark the milestone on Thursday.
For years, the streets of New York have
been the territory of Ford Crown Victoria taxis. However, the
Escape Hybrid is no stranger to the streets of New York. In 2001,
the vehicle made history when it traveled 575 miles of traffic-clogged
Manhattan streets over 36 hours on a single tank of gas.
Ford currently produces approximately 24,000
hybrid vehicles annually. Ford is the only American auto company
with a hybrid on the road today and was the first in the world to
offer an SUV hybrid.
The Ford Escape Hybrid, the cleanest, most
fuel-efficient SUV on the road, is built at Fords Kansas
City Assembly Plant.
By 2010, Ford plans to increase hybrid
production to approximately 250,000 units annually with
more than half of the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lineup to have
As we move toward delivering 250,000
hybrids by 2010, we are ramping up our capacity for hybrids and
working to improve the business equation, Schmidt said.
This involves our new transaxle and continuing to research
advanced hybrid technologies to make our vehicles even more