by: Jenny McLane
The Focus FCV 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. Using a fuel cell powertrain supplied by Ballard Power Systems, the world leader in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology, the FCV is hybridized with the addition of a nickel metal–hydride battery pack and a brake-by-wire electro-hydraulic series regenerative braking system.
The fuel cell engine converts chemical energy into electric energy using hydrogen fuel and oxygen from air. The electric energy then powers the vehicle's electric drive motor, producing only water vapor and heat as by-products.
Just like Honda's Insight and Civic hybrids, the new battery 'assists' the main powerplant by adding extra power when accelerating or climbing hills, and is charged by regenerative braking system when braking or decelerating. Of course, the Civic and Insight use a small gasoline internal combustion engine instead of a fuel cell, but the principle is the same.
“This Focus FCV is the most sophisticated environmental vehicle Ford has developed,” said Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Ford Motor Company vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “As such, is a critical success in our long-term strategy to move toward high volume production of hydrogen powered cars and trucks.”
The Focus FCV has onboard sensors, which constantly monitor the fuel cell stack, trunk and the passenger compartment. If trace amounts of hydrogen are detected, the system will warn the driver. If a slightly higher level is detected, the system will transition to a limited operating strategy and then begin shutting down vehicle operations.
Its new battery pack, regenerative braking system and improved hydrogen gas storage tank help increase the driving range of the four-passenger Focus FCV to between 250 km (160 miles) and 320 km (200 miles) - about 30% better than the previous version, he new Hydrogen Storage Tank Technology in the Focus FCV stores four kilograms of hydrogen, which is equivalent to four gallons of gasoline. It also features an in-tank pressure regulator, which lowers the pressure so the gas leaves the tank at approximately 150 psi to work its way through the fuel cell.
Ford is working closely within the industry and with fuel providers to help develop government codes and standards for a hydrogen-fuelling infrastructure and to help improve the commercial viability of fuel cell technology by bringing all stakeholders together in an effort to eliminate barriers to mass production and implementation.
"The launch of this Ford fuel cell demonstration fleet, together with the previously announced DaimlerChrysler deployments of cars, vans, and buses powered with Ballard® fuel cells clearly demonstrates the strength and leadership of our fuel cell alliance," said Dennis Campbell, president and Chief Executive Officer, Ballard. "This unique collaboration between Ford, DaimlerChrysler and Ballard Power Systems is fielding the most extensive fuel cell vehicle demonstration ever undertaken.
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by: Jenny Mc Lane
For the company that sets the world standard and major innovations in car building, it is not surprising that Ford vehicles can generate car sales enough to shatter records after records. More than a century of marked excellence proved that any Ford vehicles to hit the road are built tough.
One of these is the Ford F150 that has been in the top of the list as the best-selling trucks in America for almost three decades. In 2003, the F150 sold 850,000 units in one year to become the best-selling vehicle overall for the past 22 years. Last year it sold its 912,000 unit for a single year to extend their winning streak topping its class for 28 straight years and to 23 years as the overall best-seller. This made the F-series the top-selling vehicle of all time with almost 30 million units sold crashing the records of the Ford Model T (15million units) and the Volkswagen Beetle (20million units).
The new F-150 is part truck, part barn, and part limousine that posses the best combination of safety, luxury, practicality, and use that makes it the American vehicle whether he lives in urban or in the farm. Its full-size body is capable of carrying the greatest load in its class and with 202-horsepower 4.2-liter V6 engine and optional 5-speed manual transmission for the 2005 model; it is the best hauling machine in terms of capability in its division.
Ford improves its design in 2005. It offers the widest variety of body trims: three cab choices, three box lengths two box styles, and five unique series: the entry level F-150 XL, F-150 STX, all-purpose F-150 XLT, the though F-150 FX4, and the stylish F-150 Lariat. The F-150 King Ranch is new for the 2005 series. All feature four doors for easy entry and exit.
The 2005 F150 is equipped with 4-pin trailer tow connector wiring, power 4-wheel vented disc with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), cargo bed tie-downs, 4.2L EFI V6 with 5-speed manual transmission (Regular Cab 4x2 XL, STX, XLT). Meanwhile the 4.6L EFI V8 has 4-speed automatic transmission (Regular Cab 4x4; SuperCab XL, STX, XLT, SuperCrew XLT), Mechanical shift-on-the-fly, and more as standard features.
It night be an overstatement when we say that best-handling, quietest, most car-like full-size pick-up truck ever existed in the industry but it pays to prove for yourself what the Ford F-150 can offer.
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Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything
and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.
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