Ford Debuts Electric Plug-In Hybrid Crossover Vehicle

The Edge crossover concept vehicle could go the first 25 or 30 miles each day on energy from the power grid.

Published: 24-Jan-2007

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 — Move over, gas-electric hybrid. Ford has a new entry, the electric-electric hybrid.

The vehicle, based on a Ford Edge crossover, runs on electricity from a battery, charged either from a standard wall socket or from an on-board fuel cell. It has two highly visible fueling ports, both on the driver’s side of the vehicle. One is a hose coupling for hydrogen gas, and the other is an electric connection like the one on a leaf blower, ready for a standard three-prong extension cord.

"I told the design team to make them prominent," said Mujeeb I. Ijaz, the manager of fuel-cell vehicle engineering at Ford.


Average diesel consumption for these two cars is 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres, with 90 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometre, a 25 percent improvement over comparable gasoline-electric hybrid systems.

The two-mode hybrid technology allows for fuel optimization, especially during highway driving at higher speeds.

Like a Trojan horse, Camry sneaks gas-saving radicalism into a trusted American staple.


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