U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
Ford Unveils New Plug-In Fuel Cell Hybrid and Flex-Fuel Hybrids
January 31, 2007
Ford Motor Company unveiled on January 23rd a drivable concept vehicle that
combines a hydrogen fuel cell with a lithium-ion battery pack that can
be plugged in at home for recharging. The Ford Edge with HySeries
Drive features the same drivetrain that Ford envisioned for its Ford
Airstream concept, which was displayed at the Detroit Auto Show, but
this time it's for real. The vehicle draws on a 336-volt lithium-ion
battery pack that can power the car for 25 miles, after which the
hydrogen fuel cell kicks on to recharge the battery. According to
Ford, using the fuel cell as a battery charger allows it to be
50 percent smaller, and the steady load doubles its useful lifetime.
Ford introduced the vehicle at the Washington Auto Show, which ended
on January 28th. See the Ford press release.
Ford also showcased its Escape Hybrid E85, a hybrid vehicle that can
be fueled with gasoline or E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and
15 percent gasoline. Ford announced that it will deliver 20 of the
demonstration vehicles to vehicle fleets in six states for on-the-road
testing. Ford has also updated the design of its Ford Escape and
Mercury Mariner, while cutting the price on all models of the vehicles
by more than $1,000. The company claims the vehicles will be more fuel
efficient, with a two-mile-per-gallon improvement for the standard
models and a three-mile-per-gallon improvement for the hybrids.
Production of the vehicles started in Kansas City, Missouri, last week
in preparation for placing the vehicles on sale within the next two
months. See the Ford press releases on the
Escape Hybrid E85,
the redesigned Escape,
the redesigned Mariner,
and the production start
for the vehicles.
While Ford emphasized hybrids at the Washington Auto Show,
DaimlerChrysler and Volkswagen placed their emphasis on clean diesels.
The Chrysler Group unveiled the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy
Duty trucks, both of which featured a 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel engine
built by Cummins, Inc. The engine can already meet emissions standards
that will go into effect in 2010. Volkswagen of America, Inc.
introduced the Jetta TDI, which achieves even lower nitrous oxide
emissions. It will go on sale in early 2008, and in mid-2008,
Volkswagen will start selling a small diesel-powered SUV, called the
Tiguan. See the press releases from