2002 Toyota Prius Sedan

Date:
2002
Creator:
Toyota Motor Manufacturing U.S.A.

The intent of hybrid automobiles is to improve fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions compared to standard internal combustion powered cars. Hybrids use small internal combustion engines and battery powered electric motors. Powerful computers and sophisticated software coordinate the smooth, seamless transfer of power between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor. This Prius is one of the "first generation" of Toyota's hybrid cars, introduced in the United States in 2000.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2006.74.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

2009 Ford Focus Electric Promotional Vehicle

Date:
2009
Creator:
Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company built two of these vehicles to promote electric cars. Starting with a European Ford Focus, engineers replaced the stock drive train with an electric motor and batteries. The cars were driven by various celebrities appearing on comedian Jay Leno’s television talk show. One car was donated to The Henry Ford, the other to the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.196.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.