May 31, 2007

Ford showcases Edge HySeries fuel cell vehicle in Vancouver

Ford Edge HySeries concept
Ford Edge HySeries concept. Click image to enlarge

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Vancouver, British Columbia – The Ford Edge with HySeries Drive, which the company calls the world’s first driveable fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle, hit the streets of Vancouver yesterday as part of a showcase of advanced research vehicles. The Edge was joined by the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid.

The Edge combines an onboard hydrogen fuel cell generator with lithium-ion batteries, to deliver a combined city/highway gasoline equivalent fuel economy rating of 5.9 L/100 km (41 mpg) with zero emissions. For those who drive less than 80 km each day, the average jumps to more than 3.0 L/100 km (80 mpg).

The system is built on a flexible powertrain architecture that will enable Ford to use new fuel and propulsion technologies as they develop, without redesigning the vehicle. The Edge’s powertrain uses a real-world version of the powerplant shown in the Ford Airstream concept, unveiled in January at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Edge with HySeries Drive has accumulated more than 8,000 real-world kilometres since January.

The Edge can travel at speeds of up to 136 km/h; an on-board charger can refresh the battery pack when a standard home outlet is available, making it a true plug-in hybrid. The vehicle drives the first 40 km each day on stored electricity alone, after which the fuel cell begins operating to keep the battery pack charged. This provides another 320 km of range, for a total of 360 km with zero emissions. The time between hydrogen fill-ups can be stretched as far as 640 km.

Currently, the Edge with HySeries Drive is only a concept, as fuel cell vehicles and lithium-ion batteries are too expensive for production.

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