Ford Motor Company's first demonstration Escape Plug-In Hybrid is ready to roll on California roads. In December 2007, Ford delivered the first of 20 research PHEVs to Southern California Edison to begin road testing as part of a unique partnership between the automaker and utility.
The Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid, a research vehicle using high voltage, lithium-ion batteries, can deliver up to 120 miles per gallon which would mean far fewer trips to the gas station. The vehicle uses common household current (120 volts) for charging. Full charge of the battery takes six to eight hours. When driven for the first 30 miles following a full charge, the Ford Escape PHEV can achieve up to 120 mpg when driven on surface streets. The vehicle is not range limited by the amount of charge available in the high-voltage lithium-ion battery, because once the charge in the battery has been depleted, the vehicle continues to operate as a fuel efficient, standard Ford Escape Hybrid. The transition is automatic and unnoticeable to the driver.
The delivery comes just five months after Ford and Southern California Edison announced their collaboration to advance the commercialization of plug-ins by exploring the values of new technologies and new business models when the battery is connected to the home and, in time, the electrical grid.
"The electrification of vehicles has sparked significant interest in this country. The delivery of this Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid research vehicle today represents another step in our development and understanding of the technology and its place in the overall energy picture," said Sue Cischke, senior vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. "PHEVs are one element of our blueprint for sustainability that includes actions ranging from refinements in gasoline fueled engines and transmissions, to the development of hydrogen fuel cells."
"We are united in a common cause," said Lynda Ziegler, Southern California Edison's senior vice president, Customer Service. "We bring our expertise in energy production, delivery and management, and combine it with Ford's expertise in hybrid technology. Together, we are seeking solutions to address the needs of our shared customers and to ultimately help this nation achieve energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "This is not about simply connecting the car to the grid. It's about integrating vehicles and energy storage technologies into the energy system of the future".
The two companies are exploring new business models related to the electrification of vehicles that could help lower the cost of PHEVs to make them more affordable to consumers.
"Although the energy infrastructure is in place, significant challenges remain for widespread adoption of PHEVs," said Cischke. "Cost, durability and reliability issues all need to be addressed before these vehicles can make a significant impact on the global issues of climate change and energy security."
Ford and SCE will jointly conduct testing of the vehicles, some of which may be evaluated in typical customer settings to model overall home and grid values. The testing will provide valuable data related to the durability, reliability and safety of new battery technology. The cost of advanced lithium ion batteries means the technology is currently not economically feasible for widespread vehicle application.
100MPG Car ! 1c per mile 1000Miles per tank of gas!
This proves that the technology is available right now! So lets all stop
paying $3to$4 for gas and lets all plug in. If GM&Ford don't want to do it
that's fine we will all buy a car from whoever produces one. I drive a GM
right now but the next car we buy will be a plug in EV (electric vehicle)
or plug in hybrid (PHEV -- plug in hybrid electric vehicle)
EV-Talk Episode09 Plugin-Hybrids
Lets have a look at some aftermarket upgrade options for your hybrid from
such companies as A123 Hymotion, Enginer, Plug-in Supply, and Plug-in
Conversions Corp. I give you a full tour of a Prius that has been upgraded
with an Enginer PHEV kit and show some of the benefits, limitations, and
realities of it.
Kit allows rear-wheel drive vehicles to be converted to a PHEV - hybrid
gas-electric drive. Kit distributed by NetGain Motors, Inc (go-ev.com).
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conventional gas powered vehicles to gas/electric Plug-in Hybrid vehicles -
PHEV (PHEVs. 20-30% fuel savings. Easily installed! EMIS EAS hybrid
conversion kit. Yukon hybrid conversion
Hybrid Ford Escape FWD in the Snow
Rich Rudman had to try his Plug In Hybrid Escape in the snow. His first
attempt was a disaster. The stock Eco-Geek Tires were absolutely worthless
on Snow. This is his second attempt. The first sequence is with the tires
at the factory recommended 40 PSI pressure. At low speeds, the engine is
off and makes no sound. By opening the windows, he was able to tell when
the wheels were spinning. The second to fourth sequences are at 25 PSI. The
low pressure warning lights were telling him he was running low on air, but
the tires worked much better. The final sequence is with the tires at 17
PSI. He could not have driven over the pass without airing down. The car
rides really nice with the low tire pressure, but it uses significantly
more energy to travel at the same speed. The lack of engine sound makes it
very difficult to feather the throttle for optimum traction.
Ford Escape Spark plugs
If your a do-it-yourselfer and you want to change your own spark plugs,
here's how to do it. You can see the front plugs easy but the back ones
are buried under the intake. But don't worry, you simply take the intake
off. No special tools are needed, just take your time and be careful
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle PHEV 2013 - First Drive and Review (ENG)
Toyota was testing the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) over
the last couple of years. There was a fleet of several hundred
pre-production models made available to journalists and institutions. This
is my first drive and a quick review of the PRODUCTION version of the 2013
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
Sorry for getting lost many times around Brussels ;)
Like electric cars? Check out
BMW i3 http://youtu.be/vLBn6kKH_AY
Opel Ampera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtUeG-dxBuE
Renault Twizy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0_Cgab5qs0
and if you prefer hybrids here's Peugeot 508 RXH
and BMW ActiveHybrid 7 http://youtu.be/JsLx0VYyr_U
KIA Optima Hybrid http://youtu.be/6uLRJvSsBac
Plug-in Hybrid Suburban
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Professor Andrew Frank, the father of the plug-in hybrid, takes us on a
tour of the Plug-in Suburban built by student engineers at UC Davis.
Produced by on-line local action network, Endependence.info.
Show us how you save energy. W'll copy your great ideas.
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Ford Escape Hybrid Review
MPGomatic.com puts a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid to the test and scores a
remarkable 38 miles per gallon in city driving. Full Review:
Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle at Discovery Channel
Television interview with Henrik Fisker on the sports high-performance
Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid vehicle being developed at Fisker Automotive
Video shows rare footage of Quantum Technologies' (www.qtww.com)
installations where the Q-drive electric hybrid powertrain is being
developed for the Karma.
Test runs are at El Toro' old airbase in Orange County, and a showcar was
recently demonstrated at the tracks of Laguna Seca.
Production is planned at Valmet Automotive's installations at Finland.
EcoBoost Technology -- Description
Ford Motor Company is introducing a new technology called EcoBoost that will deliver up to 20 percent
better fuel economy on half a million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles
annually in North America during the next five years.
The EcoBoost family of 4-cylinder
and 6-cylinder engines features turbocharging and direct injection technology.
Compared with more expensive hybrids and diesel engines, EcoBoost builds upon today's affordable gasoline
engine and improves it, providing more customers with a way to improve fuel
economy and emissions without compromising driving performance.
Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development
explains EcoBoost and the company's
sustainability plan in this video.