Ford, Ballard Plug It In
Like proud parents, Ford Motor Co. and Ballard Power Systems showed off their newest progeny -- the world's first driveable fuel-cell hybrid/electric vehicle with plug-in capability -- in Burnaby on Wednesday.
The prototype powertrain, dubbed the HySeries Drive, is not a pure hydrogen-powered vehicle. Instead, it is powered by a 130 kW lithium-ion battery pack with the fuel-cell component kicking in only when the battery needs to be recharged -- usually after it has travelled 40 kilometres. In a short commute the hydrogen powerplant may not come into play.
Ford estimates that the combined mileage of the fuel cell and battery operation to be the equivalent of 5.9 litres/100 km. For those who drive less than 80 km per day, the average falls to 3.0 litres/100 km. Total range is calculated to be approximately 360 km with a 350-bar hydrogen tank that supplies 4.5 kg of hydrogen.
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