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Ford's $2 million USD plug-in hybrid fuel cell vehicle

From top to bottom: fuel cell, hydrogen tank and li-ion battery pack
Edmunds gets a test drive in Ford's multi-million dollar concept

About a month ago, DailyTech first brought you a glimpse at Ford's Edge HySeries crossover utility vehicle (CUV). In its current form, the concept features a hydrogen fuel cell, a 336-volt lithium-ion battery pack and electric motors for propulsion. Ford can also adapt the chassis to accommodate gasoline-electric or diesel-electric hybrid powertrains.

The editors at Edmunds were recently given a chance to drive the $2 million USD Ford Edge HySeries concept vehicle. The 5,400 pound CUV is powered solely by electricity, so power delivery is turbine smooth and quiet. Edmunds likened its forward progress to that of a "horizontal elevator." And by using a hydrogen fuel cell, the Edge HySeries has no harmful emissions and only releases water vapor into the environment.

The Edge HySeries’ powertrain is mounted low in the chassis for better weight distribution. One electric motor is located at each axle while the fuel cell and batteries are located under the driver and passenger seat respectively. The 350-bar hydrogen fuel tank is mounted along the vehicle's centerline under the center console.

Since Edmunds was given the keys to a prototype vehicle, performance wasn't quite up to production levels. The vehicle was admittedly running at 50% of its potential, so acceleration was a bit on the slow side compared to its gasoline-engined counterpart – the additional 870 pounds of heft doesn’t help either. On the other hand, the vehicle was nearly silent under acceleration with just the hum of the fuel cell compressor penetrating the cabin.

With a fully topped off battery and a full hydrogen tank, the HySeries should offer a driving range of 225 miles and a combined city/highway rating of 41MPG. This is quite favorable to the newly revised 2008 EPA ratings for some of the most popular hybrid automobiles on the North American market. The Prius, Camry Hybrid and Civic Hybrid are rated at 46MPG, 34MPG and 42MPG combined respectively under the new EPA guidelines.

With North American vehicles coming up on the short end of the stick with regards to fuel efficiency, it's good to see car manufactures looking towards technology to improve fuel efficiency given America’s apprehension to diesel power in consumer automobiles. Multi-million dollar investments in test vehicles like Ford's Edge HySeries and GM's Volt and Sequel mean that we as consumers will reap the benefits in the near future.



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RE: So...
By nurbsenvi on 2/26/2007 8:43:32 AM , Rating: 2
It is most likely that all of whom involved in this project have got abducted or assassinated by U.S government and Texaco's secret operation unit and the IP might never see the light of the day unless some European and Asian countries come up with it.


RE: So...
By nomagic on 2/26/2007 9:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
Why would the US government or Texaco do that? This technology does not create a new source of energy.


RE: So...
By Marlowe on 2/26/2007 10:48:25 AM , Rating: 2
Haha are you serious man?

Anyways it's very interesting seeing advances like that! Not very surprising though, the energy storage field is really making some ground these days. I don't understand why they are so secretive tho. The world has a right to this tech!! ;P

If you are not seriously considering nurbsenvis scenario that is :D Sure enough, the hydrogen bluff would be thrown away and some companies will be losing a lot of money but comon :)

For you sceptics, look at it this way, if all-electric cars starts sellings in the thousands, demand for gasoline will drop so prices would therefore sink! Yay! Isn't that great for you and your V8's :D


RE: So...
By Hawkido on 2/26/2007 11:27:23 AM , Rating: 2
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I don't understand why they are so secretive tho. The world has a right to this tech!! ;P


Thoughts like this are dangerous and show an extreme lack of foresight.

No one has a right to anyone's IP. If you strip ownership of IP from people no one will develop IP. If you cannot make money off of IP then it is a money pit and no one will invest in it for "the betterment of humanity". If you think I am lying just look at all the countries that Nationalize technologies or industries for the "betterment of their people." Funny how those governments are the only ones making money off of it, plus the citizens in those countries are afraid to develop any new tech because the government will just seize it, and the investor/inventor will loose the ability to recoup their money.

You might think it is fine and dandy to have someone else's property taken for you benefit. Wait till they take your house so a highway can be built for "the betterment of your community" and you are stuck with nothing. You think these two examples are different? Better do some research on Imminent Domain.


RE: So...
By Marlowe on 2/26/2007 11:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
Jesus are you also serious man?

If you found the cure for cancer or aids would you keep it for yourself until you could come up with a scheme to squeeze the most money possible out of people who needed it?


RE: So...
By masher2 (blog) on 2/27/2007 12:03:05 AM , Rating: 1
> "If you found the cure for cancer or aids would you keep it for yourself ..."

You don't find cures for cancer or AIDS lying on the side of the street like an old penny. You only find them by spending billions of dollars in research and development. Money that won't be spent unless there's a reasonable chance of making a profit.


RE: So...
By Marlowe on 2/27/2007 12:54:37 AM , Rating: 2
Both the markets for such medicines and energy storage units seem more than large enough for anyone with a revolutionary invention to make a lot of money out of it. Licensing this ultracapacitor tech to the large car manufacturers for them to utilize would surely be more than profitable. Shouldn't take years to negotiate a couple of favorable deals either. If it really exists that is.. might just be rumors or a scam for all I know until we see the stuff in real life.

If you are to believe all the environmental craze the last year, this tech is just like a cure for cancer or AIDS in regard of the planets well being. If you lost all your family to cancer I'm sure you also wouldn't be particulary happy if you found out some company has hidden the cure for twenty years already :P


RE: So...
By treesloth on 2/26/2007 3:53:10 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, they also killed Elvis and JFK.


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