B.C. Hydrogen Highway Still a Dream

Ford Motor Co. sees plug-in hybrid fuel-cell cars as a transitional step.

Published: 04-Jun-2007

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.

"You need to do all the requirements, including towing of trailers and boats and having the utility of a normal engine," he says.

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