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Posted by lkgeo1 on October 17, 2006, 4:17 pm

Ford and BP Open Hydrogen Station in Taylor Michigan

Publication Date:17-October-2006
10:00 AM US Eastern Timezone
Ford, BP and the City of Taylor, Mich., Today Opened a New Hydrogen
Station to Fuel Ford Focus Fuel Cells Being Used as Official City
Vehicles TAYLOR, Mich.--Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), BP and the City
of Taylor today marked an important milestone in their collective path
towards a hydrogen economy, opening a new hydrogen station that will
fuel a fleet of Ford Focus fuel cell vehicles.

"The opening of this station represents a step forward for hydrogen as
a motor fuel," said Gerhard Schmidt, vice president, research &
advanced engineering, Ford Motor Company. "We have made much progress
in hydrogen propulsion over the past 15 years and this is another
excellent milestone to commemorate."

Research into hydrogen, including partnering to begin to build an
infrastructure, is part of Ford's overall efforts to address the
challenges of climate change and energy independence. Ford is moving
ahead with a range of technological solutions simultaneously, including
vehicles such as the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid,
hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen internal combustion engines, ethanol,
clean diesel and refinements to gasoline based powertrains and advanced
transmissions. Some of the technologies represent near term solutions.
Others, such as hydrogen, must be viewed as long term options.

Ford and BP officials were joined today by Rep. John D. Dingell
(D-Mich), a ranking member of the House committee Energy and Commerce.
"Hydrogen holds tremendous promise. The innovative minds at Ford are
listening to the American consumer and working to develop energy
efficient vehicles," Dingell said. "With BP providing hydrogen fuel,
this event will provide a chance to see the future, right now."

"BP is committed to developing cleaner fuels," said Maria
Curry-Nkansah, BP's hydrogen business development manager. "With this
station, we will continue our work to gain real-world experience in
hydrogen fueling infrastructure and help build public awareness of this
developing technology. This program is an example of how government,
energy companies and the auto industry are working collaboratively to
develop alternative fuels."

Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe, whose city is using four of the Ford
Focus fuel cells as fulltime city vehicles, praised the partnership
with Ford and BP. "Through the use of hydrogen and other alternative
fuels, we can reduce our nation's dependency on foreign oil. In
addition, technology related to the development and use of alternative
fuels can lead to job creation here in Michigan and add to our state's
tax base."

Hydrogen Part of a Broader Effort

Ford first began working on hydrogen technology in the early 1990s.
Ford's first hydrogen internal combustion engine demonstration vehicle,
released in 2001, was based on a lightweight aluminum sedan body, which
also was used in the development of the company's first drivable
hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

The company currently has a fleet of 30 hydrogen powered Focus fuel
cell vehicles on the road as part of a worldwide, seven-city program to
conduct real world testing of fuel cell technology. The fleet has
accumulated more than 300,000 miles since its inception. With this
fleet on the ground, a great deal of information is being generated in
different local environmental conditions that can be integrated into
future fuel cell vehicle propulsion systems.

Having the fleet outside the confines of Ford Motor Company also has
allowed the team to gain valuable feedback on servicing vehicles in the
field. As a hydrogen infrastructure is developed and implemented for
the fleet at each of its locations, lessons learned are being generated
to insure that the customer and hydrogen fueling interface is seamless
and customer friendly.

Ford and BP Alliance

Ford and BP are both committed to being good corporate citizens,
working towards improving issues that contribute to climate change and
air quality. Both companies share a firm belief that "Energy and Car"
working together, rather than independently, can develop better
products to satisfy our customers' want for responsible, personal
mobility. By leveraging each other's resources, both Ford and BP can
deliver products to market that achieve this objective faster, and
additionally, can be optimized to perform better together.

BP is working with DOE and its automotive partners to develop hydrogen
fuel stations in Michigan, Florida and California. BP also is involved
in refueling infrastructure to support fuel cell buses and cars in a
number of cities across the world.

BP produces 5,000 tons of hydrogen per day and is a key player in
hydrogen demonstration projects across the globe. More information is
available at http://www.bp.com/hydrogen .

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200
markets across six continents. With about 300,000 employees and more
than 100 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive
brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda,
Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive- related services include Ford Motor
Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please
visit http://www.fordvehicles.com .

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Ford and BP Open Hydrogen Station in Taylor Michigan

Publication Date:17-October-2006
10:00 AM US Eastern Timezone
Ford, BP and the City of Taylor, Mich., Today Opened a New Hydrogen
Station to Fuel Ford Focus Fuel Cells Being Used as Official City
Vehicles TAYLOR, Mich.--Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), BP and the City

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