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Re: [T3] Hybrids

On Apr 3, 2006, at 11:11 PM, Richard Green wrote:

Fuel Cell or Hydrogen?
I can see my fastback looking like the "back to the future" car with the flux capacitor running on old beer cans.

Clearly the industry (automotive OEMs that is) are looking at eventually going to a hydrogen based fuel system. Whether it is hydrogen fueled internal combustion engines with or without hybridization or fuel cells, that is where the development dollars are being spent. I know of no pure battery powered electric vehicles being developed by any major OEM. Everyone is working on hybrids, hydrogen ICE and fuel cells.

Parallel vs Series Hybrids.....Parallel hybrids have both the ICE and the electric motor capable of driving the wheels independently or together. Series hybrids have an ICE running a generator to power the electric motor with is the only thing hooked directly to the drive wheels.

New Car Smell....yes even Ford is working on ways to eliminate the bad components from the out gassing and keep the pleasant parts of the "NCS". We have researchers looking at hemp based fiber reinforcements for plastic parts, soy based foams and resins, sustainable and recycled plastic parts. Lots of effort on green and sustainable technologies.

Type 3 content.......hhmmmm....not sure what there is....since we already have two trunks it would be a bit easier to package some of the hybrid drivetrain components....of course we would have to give up some of the storage capacity of the car.

John (that pesky Ford Research Engineer) Jaranson
'66 Square (Sophy)
'70 Fasty (Jane 2 - Type 3 Lead Sled wannabe)
'71 Fasty (Jane -parts car due to rust)

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