Ford Motor Company is one of the automobile manufacturers committed to clean air. They are contributing to the protection of the environment by designing and producing alternative fuel vehicles. They are also a strong supporter of President Bush’s proposed mandate to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil and reduce the amount of harmful greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 20 percent by 2017. In 2007 Washington (DC ) Auto Show, the national automaker has unveiled the plug-in, battery-powered, and hydrogen-powered Ford Edge.
During the presentation of the state-of-the-art alternative fuel vehicle, government officials and legislators are present. Their presence is important to the automaker as they can show legislators what they can develop in the future and that their effort to clean up the environment and reduce dependence on foreign oil is quite possible. Scott Staley, Ford’s chief fuel cell and hybrid technology development engineer, commented that: “In addition to the public, the audience in Washington includes people in charge of clean air and energy policy, so this is a great place to showcase what Ford technology can do in the future. “
The Ford Edge unveiled at the Washington Auto Show was developed under contract with the US Department of Energy.This is another sign that the government is serious about helping automakers develop clean cars. . The main technology of the hydrogen electric hybrid vehicle is the HySeries Drive. The system uses the hydrogen fuel cell to recharge the 336-volt lithium-ion battery pack. The Ford Edge Hybrid uses the battery for the first 25 miles of operation, with a top speed of 85 miles per hour. Once the system detects that the battery has lost up to 40 percent of its charge, the fuel cell takes over powering the car. While the vehicle is running on the fuel cell, the battery is charged for future use.
The system’s ability to switch from battery to fuel cell power allows the Ford Edge to travel up to 225 miles on a full charge. In terms of MPG rating, the equivalent Ford Edge Hybrid rating is 41 miles per gallon. Aside from the fact that the battery can be charged using the fuel cell as it powers the vehicle, the Ford Edge is also a plug-in car. This means that your battery can be charged using a standard household electrical outlet.
The Ford Edge is one of a kind in that most hybrid electric vehicles use an electric motor powered by a battery pack to supplement an internal combustion engine. This means that these vehicles, like the Toyota Prius, also use gasoline, although in significantly less quantities. In contrast, the Ford Edge Hybrid uses a fuel cell to supplement the use of battery power to drive the vehicle. In addition to the Ford Edge Hydrogen Electric Hybrid’s ability to use alternative fuels, it is also built with dependable parts, as reliable and tough as parts in the Volvo 850.
Ford Motor Company continues its dedication to producing green vehicles. The national automaker is the first to develop, produce and present to the public a hybrid SUV. The Ford Escape Hybrid was launched in 2004 to provide consumers with good fuel economy without sacrificing the looks and capabilities of a sport utility vehicle. The Ford Escape Hybrid remains to this day one of the cleanest and most fuel efficient small sports utility vehicles on the market today, alongside the Mercury Mariner.