The Ford Model U concept which the blue oval company unveiled
at the 2003 Detroit Motor Show was a technologically advanced
concept designed to showcase some of Ford's cutting edge
The Model U featured the world's first hydrogen
fueled internal combustion engine, a 2.3 litre supercharged
unit which produced 118 horsepower. This engine worked
in conjunction with an electric motor and a pair of clutches
which meant that power from the engine, the electric motor,
or both could be used depending on the drivers needs.
Helping keep the batteries for the electric motor topped
up was a regenerative braking system.
The name of the Model U concept was intended to recall
the popularity of the Model T, the car which brought automotive
transport to the masses, and which is still one of Ford's
most successful models ever.