Originally Posted by dcarp
Thanks John. hybrids-plus is exactly who I thought of when I saw the link on CNN. I assume the technology is fairly similar--there's only so many ways to skin a cat--er add batteries.
It all depends on how hard to want to "drive" the system.
Do you want 0-87 miles per hour EV car with quick acceleration and batteries that last 2 years?
Or a 0-40 miles per hour EV car with slower acceleration and batteries that last 10+ years? ( for the same cost )
The Fords put out about 25 HP in EV mode.
This is not enough to accelerate a 4,000 pound vehicle up to freeway speeds with reasonable acceleration.
You could run the "94 HP" traction motor we all have at full force, but that power, almost 4x the wattage requirement, is going to wear out the batteries ( used now ) in about 2 years.
So there is a compromise.
Right now, the FEH saves most gas by turning the engine off when idle, and regen brakes helps to a much smaller degree. It was not designed to be an electric car... I know... we all desire that! I do too!