Ford Motor Introduces New P2000 Hydrogen-Powered Internal Combustion Engine

August 22, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI) introduced a new car with a hydrogen internal-combustion engine that could help bridge the gap between gasoline vehicles and the fuel cell vehicles of the future.

The P2000 hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) concept vehicle offers dramatically decreased emission levels and improved engine efficiency. The ease of manufacture and similarity in operation to gasoline products means hydrogen ICEs could be used to encourage the growth of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure while the technology for long-term transportation solutions, such as hydrogen fuel cells, continues to mature.

"Our H2ICE technology could be used to take the chicken out of the chicken and egg debate about which comes first, the hydrogen fueled vehicle or the hydrogen fueling infrastructure," says Vance Zanardelli, Ford's manager of Transmission and Engine Systems Research.

Ford's P2000 H2ICE uses a modified version of the Zetec 2.0-liter gasoline engine found in Ford's Focus. The engine's efficiency is improved by 25 to 30 percent over its gasoline counterpart.