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FIRST FORD ELECTRIC VEHICLE SERVICE TECHNICIANS TRAINED

 DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The first group of technicians who will service the U.S. test fleet of Ford (NYSE: F) Ecostar electric vehicles completed a training program at the company's Customer Service Division Training Center today.
 "This training is an important step toward making electric vehicles a successful everyday reality," said Dennis Wilkie, director-Electric Vehicle Segment. "We are committed to providing our customers not only with the best electric vehicle, but also with the best service for those vehicles."
 Ford is completing final assembly of 105 Ecostars. They will be tested in fleets in the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico beginning later this year. Ecostar is based on the European Escort van, a small, front-wheel-drive delivery vehicle. The vehicles are being assembled in the U.S. with a single-speed electric motor transaxle and electronic controls. Ecostar features more advanced electronic technology than anyone has ever put into a vehicle outside of concept cars. The vehicle is powered by an advanced sodium-sulfur battery. In addition, it features newly developed subsystems, including climate controls, and braking and suspension components, that have been specifically developed for Ford's electric vehicle.
 Five Ford dealerships nationwide have been authorized to service its Ecostar electric vehicles. They are: Troy Ford in Troy, Mich.; Bert Weinman Ford in Chicago; Frederick Motor Company in Frederick, Md.; Downey Ford in Downey, Calif.; and S&C Ford in San Francisco.
 The technicians were trained in all aspects of servicing the Ecostar including electric vehicle powertrain diagnosis and repair; traction battery installation, removal and testing; and routine service and maintenance.
 Ford is training 21 technicians in all -- two to service each dealership and the others to service selected lease customer facilities. A second group of 11 technicians begins Ford's electric vehicle service training course today. Each technician receives 40 hours of training. European, Canadian and Mexican service technicians will be trained at a later date.
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