Hybrids and Hydrogen Rule

GM Sequel moves fuel cells ahead Ford fields a slick diesel-electric at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.

Published: 17-Jan-2005

T face=Times>Detroit—As they have for several years, hybrids and hydrogen dominated the technical discussion at the 2005 Detroit auto show, but still more in terms of future promise than immediate product.

The biggest news on the hybrid front actually broke before Christmas, with the announcement that DaimlerChrysler and General Motors are joining forces to collaborate on development of the Two-Mode Hybrid system for use in both companies' products.

The starting point for the co-development program is technology initially developed for GM's hybrid transit buses, more than 200 of which are already on the road.

Heart of the full-hybrid system is an electrically variable transmission with two relatively small electric motors, each connected to a planetary gearset and housed within the space envelope of a conventional transmission.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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