Ford test fleet of hybrid vehicles to use Johnson Controls-Saft
A test fleet of Ford Escape plug-in hybrid electric
vehicles (PHEVs) is being powered by lithium-ion batteries from Johnson
Controls-Saft. The demonstration fleet will examine the future of PHEVs
as part of a complete vehicle, home and grid energy system. The fleet
is the result of an ongoing collaboration among Ford, Johnson Controls-Saft,
Southern California Edison (SCE) and Electric Power Research Institute
“This fleet demonstrates a major step forward toward validating plug-in
hybrid vehicle technology,” said Mary Ann Wright, who leads the Johnson
Controls-Saft joint venture and is vice president and general manager
of Johnson Controls’ hybrid battery business. “PHEVs, which have the
ability to drive an extended range on electric-only power, can significantly
reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.”
The 20-vehicle fleet will be tested first in California by SCE and later
by other utilities in the New York, New Jersey area, to help determine
regional differences in vehicle usage and performance, as well as how
PHEVs will affect the electric grid system and associated infrastructure
requirements. The first unit was delivered to California in December;
additional units will be on the road in June.
The outcome of the fleet will help to continue to address barriers to
commercialization including cost, technology validation, and strategies
for charging the vehicles.
The research and analysis of the demonstration fleet will include data
from four primary areas: battery technology, vehicle systems, customer
usage, and grid infrastructure.
The analysis will also explore possible stationary and secondary usages
for advanced batteries.