Ford Airstream Concep (2007)
Underneath everything that accompanies the "mosh-pit" of monospace retrofuturista the Airstream is the interpretation of Ford's future engine of the train.As the system in the Chevy Volt of the vehicle used traction totally electric motors front and rear which ufana of 174 horsepower maximum for a voracious "accor".Electrons can come from a large or a small battery, recharged by an engine or a fuel cell...more
|Ford Airstream Concep |
|Engine/Motor ||Twin 65kW electric motors |
|Power output ||Lithium ion batteries, 35kW hydrogen fuel cel |
|0-100 km ||15 sec |
|Top speed ||80 mph |
|Range ||305 miles |
Ford Flexible Series Edge (2007)
Ford now goes a step further: Both technologies were in fact the first time together in a vehicle. The prototype is called Edge HySeries Drive, and SPIEGEL ONLINE, the models around the Ford Research Center in Aachen first time. It is the first serial plug-in fuel cell hybrid - which comes under the eierlegenden Wollmilchsau research vehicles already pretty close. On short-haul runs the single unit with power from the outlet. And if the charge of the lithium-ion battery is low, the onboard computer raises the fuel cell to the battery to eat....more
Ford Flexible Series Edge
|Engine/Motor ||-- |
|Power output ||176 hp |
|Torque ||230 Nm|
|0-100 km ||9.4 sec |
|Top speed ||140 mph |
|Range ||270 miles |
Ford Explorer FCV (2006)
Ford Motor Company has handed over the keys to five hybrid hydrogen Ford Focus Fuel Cell vehicles in Southeast Michigan this week as part of a five-city 30-car program to conduct real world testing of fuel cell technology. Taylor will get four vehicles and Ann Arbor will receive one. Area residents will notice the Focus Fuel Cell vehicles in their neighborhoods as city employees drive the vehicles for city business or, in Taylor , as the water department travels to read meters. The vehicles will also be part of community events to spread awareness of the demonstration program.
While the Ford Focus FCV has a driving range of 150 - 200 miles per tank of hydrogen gas, the Ford Explorer Fuel Cell SUV boasts an impressive 350 miles per tank. The center-mounted hydrogen tank on the Ford Explorer Fuel Cell is placed where the 6-speed automatic transmission would normal go on the standard production version of the Ford Explorer.
Ford is claiming that the Explorer Fuel Cell has a driving range of 350 miles and that this exceeds any other fuel cell vehicle shown to date. Ford will need to tell this to their Japanese friends, however, as the Honda FCX also makes the same claim.
The Ford Explorer FCV was built in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Energy, who continues to analyze the feasibility of hydrogen vehicles. The Ford Explorer Fuel Cell is a 6-passenger vehicle and has already undergone 17,000 miles of road testing including setting a record of 1,556 miles traveled in a 24-hour period.
The Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) represents Ford's commitment to advancing the use and development of alternative-fuel technologies. It is one of the industry's first hybridized fuel cell vehicles combining the improved range and performance of hybrid technology with the overall benefits of a fuel cell. Ford has been conducting fuel cell research for more than 10 years and believes fuel cell vehicles could be commercially viable by the middle of the next decade.
Ford claims the Focus FCV looks and drives like other Focus sedans on the road today. Although it is designed to look like any other car on the road, under the hood of the Focus FCV is a sophisticated hybrid electric powertrain. Tucked under the floorpan is a hydrogen fuel cell and auxiliary energy system that supplies electricity to the powertrain. A hydrogen tank in the trunk carries the car's renewable hydrogen fuel.
"The engineers who work on the Focus FCV work hand in hand with those developing our gasoline hybrids," said Mary Ann Wright, director of Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Programs for Ford Motor Company. "The knowledge we gain by engineering these cars not only benefits our expertise in innovative fuel cell propulsion technology, it also will help us deliver even better gasoline hybrids in the near term."
Knowledge gained engineering Ford's Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrids has been shared between the FCV vehicle engineering team and the people working on both Ford gasoline powered hybrids on the road today, as well as future gasoline hybrids Ford will sell. Ford is actively engaged in the development of four future alternatives to today's gasoline engines including, clean diesels, gasoline-electric hybrids, hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2ICE) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV).
In the medium to long-term, Fuel Cell technology seems to be a solution for environmental problems associated with cars, although it must be said there's still a long way to go and the road ahead will present many technical and economic challenges. Fiat Auto, however, is investing in this technology and, working as part of an international team, is developing and evaluating the various technical solutions and problems associated with motor vehicle applications.
Always at the forefront when it comes to respect for the environment, today Fiat Auto is focusing on natural gas engines, which are one of the company's guidelines for the future. Evidence of this is the wide range of "Bipower" products, designed to respond to the needs of both professional operators and the general public: from the Multipla to the Ducato, from the Punto to the Dobl, in the Panorama and Cargo versions. A common feature for all "Bipower" models is integration of two fuel systems - petrol and natural gas (CNG). In fact the vehicles are designed to operate normally with natural gas: petrol is always used to start the engine, after which the fuel feed system immediately cuts over automatically to natural gas. This way the petrol fuel feed system remains efficient but is only used when starting up or when natural gas is running low (when the gas cylinder pressure is nearing the minimum operating limit). However, drivers can always switch over to petrol at the push of a button.