Ford awarded $10 million grant to
speed development of plug-ins
Ford Motor Company has been awarded
a $10 million grant by the United
States Department of Energy for research,
development, and demonstration of
plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
Ford received the grant for the continued
development of a demonstration fleet
of 20 PHEVs. The total project cost
is $20 million, and the government
will fund 50 percent of the program.
In June, Ford delivered the first
flexible fuel capable plug-in hybrid
electric SUV to the Department of
Energy. The Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid,
capable of running on gasoline or
E85, is part of a demonstration fleet
Ford is developing in a partnership
with Southern California Edison,
the Electric Power Research Institute,
DTE and Johnson Controls/Saft.
Advanced vehicle testing is underway
in California, Michigan and Washington,
D.C. The company delivered the first
gasoline-only Escape PHEV to Southern
California Edison in December 2007.
The Ford Escape PHEV is equipped
with a 10 kilowatt advanced lithium
ion energy battery supplied by Johnson
Controls/Saft that stores enough
electric energy to drive up to 30
miles at speeds of up to 40 mph.
The battery works in tandem with
a small, four-cylinder engine.
Based on current estimates, the vehicle
would emit 60 percent less CO2 than
a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.
The CO2 reduction would reach 90
percent if cellulosic ethanol is
used in place of gasoline.