Originally Posted by stevedebi
Keep in mind that the FEH is NOT a Toyota; most of the animations are for the Toyota HSD, which is similar in concept, but the FEH is an independently developed design.
Yes, we know that Ford is not Toyota. Trouble is that sadly, Ford Corp. doesn't make much of anything public about their design.
Hush, hush it seems like.
But in reality, Ford's design isn't so "independent" as you say: the eCVT of a Ford hybrid is very similiar to a Toyota Prius, and Toyota makes lots of good info public, so that's what one has to refer to, now isn't it?
Actually, this is interesting, from Wikipedia, backing up my statement that yes, Ford is not Toyota,
but nevertheless, the Ford Escape Hybrid technology is very similiar to (if not a copy of) a Toyota Prius:
"The Escape Hybrid uses technology similar to that used in Toyota's Prius. Ford engineers realized their technology may conflict with patents held by Toyota, which led to a 2004 patent-sharing accord between the companies, licensing Ford's use of some of Toyota's hybrid technology in exchange for Toyota's use of some of Ford's diesel and direct-injection engine technology. Ford maintains that Ford received no technical assistance from Toyota in developing the hybrid powertrain, but that some hybrid engine technologies developed by Ford independently were found to be similar to technologies previously patented by Toyota, so licenses were obtained. Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., a Japanese automotive components supplier belonging to the Toyota Group, supplies the hybrid continuously variable transmission for the Escape Hybrid. While Toyota produces its third-generation Prius transmission in-house, Aisin is the only supplier of hybrid transmissions to other manufacturers."
9. Wall Stree Journal Online - Toyota to License Hybrid Patents For Use by Ford - MARCH 9, 2004
10 "Ford Slams Toyota on Hybrids" - Reported by Christine Tierney, Detroit News, Aug 08 2005