Ford Exec Gioia Says Company Mulling Electric, Plug-in Hybrid

Battery technology is key to the next generation of hybrid vehicles as automakers seek ways to lower the cost of batteries and increase their power and storage capacity.

Published: 20-Jan-2007

Ford Motor Co. is considering the development of plug-in hybrid vehicles in an effort to provide alternate energy sources, the director of the automaker's hybrid program said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress in Dearborn, Michigan, Nancy Gioia said the automaker is considering adding plug-ins products, but the biggest challenge in development is battery technology.

"The biggest barrier is the battery," Gioia said. Plug-in hybrids use a battery as the main source of energy and can be recharged at electrical outlets.


The Ford Escape Hybrid E85,which debuted today at the Washington Auto Show, is a research vehicle that marries two petroleum-saving technologies: hybrid electric power and flexible-fuel capability.

In 2005, Ford delivered an evaluation fleet of Focus Fuel Cell vehicles for placement in demonstration programs in the United States, Canada, and Germany.

Ford is testing 30 Focus Fuel Cell Vehicles in seven U.S. cities and in Canada and Germany.


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