Ford`s first demonstration vehicle Escape Plug-In Hybrid is now ready to hit the Californian roads. Ford Motor Company delivered the first of twenty research PHEVs directly to Southern California Edison to start road testing – this as part of some unique automaker – utility.
“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, the senior vice president of 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, the 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”.
“Although the energy infrastructure is in place, significant challenges remain for widespread adoption of PHEVs,” affirmed 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”.
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