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HISTORY IN THE MAKING -- TROY FORD SELECTED AS FIRST U.S. DEALER TO SERVICE FORD ECOSTAR

 TROY, Mich., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) announced today that Troy Ford, owned by Irma Elder, has been selected as the first U.S. Ford dealership to service the new Ford Ecostar, the latest product of Ford's Electric Vehicle Program. Troy Ford will service 10 Ecostars purchased by Detroit Edison. The vehicles will be delivered in late spring, 1993. The Ecostar vans will be used as part of Detroit Edison's regular service fleet.
 Detroit Edison is one of several U.S. and European companies selected to use the electric vehicles in real working environments. Eighty-seven electric-powered Ford Ecostar vans will be used for fleet evaluation purposes in the United States, Europe and Mexico with deliveries starting early in 1993.
 Two technicians from Troy Ford's service department will take Ford's Technical Training Program in spring, 1993. Troy Ford will then be equipped with special tools and equipment to remove and install the sodium-sulfur batteries, as well as diagnostic equipment to test the electric vehicle's power train.
 The sodium-sulfur battery, first patented in 1965 by Ford, gives the Ecostar two to three times the driving range of a lead acid battery of the same weight (800 pounds). The revolutionary vehicle will provide over 100 miles of driving range on a single battery.
 The Ecostar is based on the European Escort van -- a small, front- wheel-drive delivery van -- that is being modified to accommodate an electric motor, single speed transaxle, electronic controls and the sodium-sulfur battery. It is capable of speeds up to 75 miles per hour. It has a curb weight of 3,100 pounds, and a maximum carrying capacity of about 900 pounds, a significant payload for an electric vehicle of its size.
 Besides Detroit Edison, the Ecostar first fleet customers include Southern California Edison, Allegheny Power System, Chicago's Commonwealth Edison, the City of Chicago and Mexico City.
 Members of the public interested in receiving more information about Ford's Electric Vehicle Program or other Ford alternative fuel vehicles should phone 1-800-ALT-FUEL.
 Troy Ford is at 777 John R in Troy, telephone 313-585-4000.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Parris of Ford Motor Company, 313-322-7998; Vanessa Waters of Detroit Edison, 313-237-7255; or Angie Bournias of Creative Services, 313-259-4950, for Irma Elder/Troy Ford/
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