Ford Exploring Plug-in Hybrids

AbstracMulally said the lithium-ion batteries needed for the fuel-cell vehicles still have safety issues, and there is no infrastructure for hydrogen distribution.

Published: 14-Nov-2007

Ford Motor Co. will give 20 plug-in hybrids to a California power company by the end of this year to help test the vehicles' commercial viability, Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally said Wednesday.

The plug-in hybrids, which run on either electricity or gasoline, will be delivered to Southern California Edison in December, Mulally said. They can be recharged at home and can run on electricity longer than a regular hybrid.

The automaker also is preparing to roll out a new generation of turbocharged, direct injection engines that can improve fuel economy by 10 percent to 20 percent without compromising performance, Mulally said. Over the next five years, Ford plans to put the technology in a wide variety of its 4- and 6-cylinder vehicles worldwide, Mulally said. The company said it will release more details in January.


The Vue Green Line 2-mode Hybrid SUV will be powered by GM's 3.6L V-6 gas engine, with direct injection and variable valve timing, a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and two active cooled permanent magnet motors.

The vehicle utilizes a hybrid power train based on a 1500cc, 3-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine coupled with two high-efficiency permanent-magnet electric motors.

The driver of the Zytek dual-mode diesel hybrid can choose from standard or high regenerative braking and can also select one of three driving styles: Economy, Drive or Sport.


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