Ford HySeries Plug-In Hybrid Could Be First to Reach the Market
With the Hydrogen Highway still largely a dream outside California, Ford Motor Co. sees plug-in hybrid fuel-cell cars as a transitional step, says one of the automaker's top engineers in the field.
People ultimately will demand fuel-cell vehicles that provide the same performance and flexibility as conventional autos powered by internal-combustion engines, says Mujeeb Ijaz, Ford's manager of fuel-cell vehicle engineering in Dearborn, Mich.
But the duty cycle of conventional engines - lots of idling and hard acceleration under load - drastically cuts the lifespan of fuel cells at their current state of development.
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