Ford is getting busy with some of its hybrid technology of late. They recently handed off their first Escape Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) to Southern California Edison. It's part of a partnership the two are pursuing to bring PHEV vehicles into the mainstream.
Ford gave Southern California Edison 20 of its new plug-in hybrid Escapes, coming five months after the two announced a collaboration to try to commercialize plug-in technology in mainstream autos. The research hybrids are running off high voltage lithium-ion batteries and can reportedly get up to 120 miles per gallon after being driven for the first 30 miles following a full charge. Charging can be done through a typical household plug and takes about six to eight hours to complete.
Ford added that the vehicle does not run out of go juice after the battery depletes, rather kicking over to become a more standardized Ford Escape Hybrid. The auto maker and power company are testing the vehicles in "typical customer settings" and hope data gathered will provide information on things like safety and durability of this battery technology. It was noted the current cost of the advanced lithium-ion batteries make it prohibitive to do widespread vehicle development at this time.
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