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FORD TRANSFERS ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROGRAM

 FORD TRANSFERS ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROGRAM
 DEARBORN, Mich., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company's


electric vehicle development program has been transferred from the company's Technical Affairs research activity to its North American Automotive Operations as the development process nears the introduction of a test fleet for customer use early next year.
 The company previously had announced that a fleet of up to 100 Ecostar electric vans -- based on the European Ford Escort van -- would be in service in 1993 with fleets in the U.S., Britain and Germany.
 Dennis F. Wilkie, presently general manager of the Glass Division, has been appointed director, Electric Vehicle Segment, a newly created position reporting to Kenneth K. Kohrs, vice president - Car Product Development.
 Robert R. Reilly becomes general manager of the Glass Division, succeeding Mr. Wilkie. He presently is general manager of the Climate Control Division.
 William Clay Ford Jr. has been appointed general manager of the Climate Control Division, succeeding Mr. Reilly. Previously he was executive director of Business Strategy for Ford's Automotive Group.
 All three appointments are effective Aug. 1.
 Mr. Wilkie has headed the Glass Division since February 1988. He has been with Ford since 1968 and has held a variety of manufacturing, research, engineering and planning positions. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. He also received a master's degree in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 Mr. Reilly has headed the Climate Control Division since January 1989. He joined Ford in 1964 and has held a variety of positions in manufacturing, corporate strategy and finance. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a master of business administration degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
 Mr. Ford has been in charge of Business Strategy for the Automotive Group since March 1990. He joined the company in 1979 and has held positions in marketing, finance, car product development, European Operations and Truck Operations. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Foote of Ford Motor Company, 313-322-9600/
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