|The Presidential Edition Mariner|
Ford Motor Company has delivered a Mercury Mariner Hybrid “Presidential Edition” to former President Bill Clinton—the first hybrid vehicle to be outfitted for presidential service. President Clinton will formally accept the hybrid at the Clinton Global Initiative conference set for September 20-22 in New York City.
Ford customized the interior of the Presidential Mariner Hybrid to provide an executive office, with details such as unique LED lighting, a 110-volt outlet and a new writing table. The Mariner Hybrid’s full-hybrid powertrain was unchanged, preserving its 32 miles per gallon in city driving, 29 mpg on the highway, and ultra-clean emissions.
The Mariner Hybrid (earlier post) can travel in all-electric mode up to 25 mph for brief distances. The hybrid offers equivalent performance and almost a 50% increase in fuel economy compared to the conventional Mariner equipped with a 200 horsepower V-6 engine, and nearly a 50 percent increase in fuel economy. Ford Motor Company has received more than 150 patents on the hybrid powertrain system.
As a full hybrid, the Mariner Hybrid is capable of traveling up to 25 miles per hour solely on electric power, with no fuel consumption or emissions.
President Clinton recently announced the formation of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a project of his foundation that is dedicated to making a difference in the fight against climate change in practical and measurable ways.
My Foundation is committed to making a difference in the fight against global warming. The Clinton Climate Initiative is working with some of the world’s largest cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I’m happy to have a fuel efficient vehicle to do my part and I’d like to thank the Ford Motor Company for this.—former President Bill Clinton
The Presidential Mariner Hybrid is the first Mercury outfitted for presidential transportation, an honor associated with the Lincoln brand since Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned a 1939 Model K V-12 limousine—nicknamed the “Sunshine Special.”