Ford hybrid cars
Ford has been perfecting electric vehicle technology for more than a decade. In fact, Ford was the first to introduce a hybrid SUV. Ford has combined its 21st century version of the internal combustion engine with an electric motor and a high-voltage Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery to create its Hybrid Electric Vehicles. They deliver up to 50% better fuel economy than their non-hybrid counterparts without sacrificing merging and passing power.
It's called a hybrid because it's part gasoline engine, part electric motor. Thanks to the electric motor, the gasoline engine does not have to run all the time. And when a Ford hybrid is being powered by electricity, it's not burning gasoline. Good for fuel efficiency. Good for the planet. In most instances at low speeds and for short distances, Ford hybrids run exclusively on electricity. At higher speeds, and when you need more power, the gasoline engine kicks in. Ford hybrids also feature a Regenerative Braking System. Unlike a traditional gasoline engine where the energy generated by braking is lost, this innovative technology enables Ford hybrids to capture braking energy and store it for later use.
A highly efficient, gasoline-powered engine is the main source of power for a hybrid electric vehicle. This is what kicks in when driving conditions call for more performance than the electric motor can efficiently provide.
Electric motor is the alternative source of power used for driving in a hybrid electric vehicle. When you're driving in the city or at low speeds, it provides the power. And because it's powered by a high-voltage battery rather than gasoline, a hybrid electric vehicle is remarkably fuel-efficient.
When you apply the brakes in a conventional vehicle, kinetic energy is lost. During braking in the Fusion Hybrid, the Regenerative Braking System captures over 90 percent of that energy and stores it for later use. Not only does regenerative braking improve braking efficiency, it also helps minimize wear on the brake pads, which may lower the cost of maintenance.
High-Voltage Battery stores and supplies power to the electric motor. Ford designs its hybrid electric vehicles with a high-voltage nickel-metal-hydride battery. The gasoline engine and the Regenerative Braking System charge the battery automatically during operation.
Ford hybrid models