Ford Set to Unveil Diesel-Electric Hybrid Vehicle

December 26, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI) has revealed it will present a diesel-electric hybrid car at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January 2005. The Mercury Meta One combines an electric motor with a twin-turbocharged V-6 diesel engine. The pairing reportedly causes lower emission levels.

"When a driver makes a high-power demand of a diesel engine, that's when it releases the most (nitrogen oxide), a smog-forming chemical," said David Wagner, Meta One's technology manager. "We're using the electric motor to give you that instant power." The diesel fuel also causes less carbon-dioxide emissions than gasoline.