New Ford Plug-In Hybrid Has an Edge

Top speed of the 2.5 tonnes Edge is 87 mph with fuel consumption equivalent to almost 49mpg.

Published: 06-Sep-2008

Seen by some as the Holy Grail of sustainable mobility, fuel cells convert hydrogen to electricity with only heat and water as by-products.

Now, just when the technology has matured enough for several fleets to be unleashed on public roads throughout the world, the battery is back.

This apparent U-turn is due to the "plug-in" hybrid, an idea which has emerged over the last year or two. These usually consist of a battery-electric car carrying a small engine to recharge the battery when needed rather than drive the wheels. At night, the hybrid can be "plugged in" and recharged, which means the engine may not be needed at all for regular short journeys.


Earth Policy Institute's Lester Brown offers another way to fuel the cars of the future that doesn't require a switch to natural gas.

Despite Toyota's disapproval of the $500 deposit on future plug-in Prius, one dealer plans to continue accepting them.

Chrysler circulating plug-in hybrid prototypes to dealers more advanced than earlier models. Pictured is the Chrysler EcoVoyager, in one of a trio of electric-drive concept vehicles it debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.


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