A Ford Focus
hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) was driven by HRH the Prince of
Wales at Hampton Court Palace, ahead of yesterday's first Brighton to
London eco rally on World Environment Day.
Prince Charles reviewed
a selection of the vehicles taking part in the rally and then drove the
Ford Focus FCV up the main driveway to park in front of Hampton Court
This event was the
official flag raiser for the rally, which followed in reverse the route
of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The objective of the rally
was to bring tomorrow's alternative fuel technologies to the capital.
Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) were the centrepiece of the blue oval's line
up: the Ford Focus FCV and a Ford Explorer FCV, which had its European
debut on the event. Accompanying the advanced-technology FCV models were
Ford Focus Flexifuel cars, representing low-carbon models that are on
Coming to the UK from
Ford's Advanced Vehicle Research Centre in Aachen, Germany, the Ford FCV
models were both driven on the rally by motoring journalist and event
supporter Quentin Willson.
Roelant de Waard, Ford
of Britain chairman, said: "Ford and rally organisers Revolve are
closely aligned in promoting sustainable transport solutions such as
FCVs, hydrogen, biofuels and other options. This rally deepens the
understanding of greener motoring – not least among the welcoming party
of politicians at Trafalgar Square."
FCVs run on electricity
generated from a fuel cell stack. In the stack oxygen and hydrogen are
combined to produce electricity, with water vapour as the harmless
by-product. The electricity is used to power a motor/transaxle, which
drives the wheels.
represented in the eco rally which is affordable now is the Ford
Flexifuel range. Ford Focus and C-MAX Flexifuel bioethanol/petrol cars
cost the same as equivalent petrol-only models. The Ford Focus was the
first Flexifuel car on sale in Britain and in early 2008 Flexifuel
versions of the new Ford Mondeo plus S-MAX and Galaxy models will be