November 19, 2007

Ford showcases advanced alternative fuel technology in Shanghai

Shanghai, China – The Ford Motor Company has showcased two sustainable technologies at Challenge Bibendum 2007 in China, a global event focused on sustainable automotive technology. The company presented the Edge HySeries fuel cell hybrid concept vehicle with plug-in capability, and the Escape Hybrid production vehicle.

Susan Cischke, Ford Motor’s senior vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, met in discussions with Chinese and foreign government officials and industry experts on how to accelerate the introduction of new energy and technology to the market.

“Ford Motor Company has developed a range of advanced technologies and is constantly exploring new technologies,” Cischke said. “Resources, policies and driving demand should be fully considered in the course of the market introduction of a new technology. We are working closely with related organizations and enterprises in China, using a systematic and scientific approach to develop the most effective new energy technologies for the Chinese market. Once ready, we will provide Chinese consumers with the most suitable products as quickly as we can.”

Ford says its Edge HySeries is the world’s first drivable fuel cell hybrid electric concept vehicle with plug-in capability, combining a hydrogen fuel cell generator with a lithium ion storage battery. The vehicle’s fuel economy level for city driving is 5.7 L/100 km; drivers covering fewer than 80 miles (128 km) per day can achieve a fuel economy performance of 2.9 L/100 km.

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