Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle with Ford Automotive Replacement Parts at Parts..
- The Focus FCV is one of the industry's first hybridized fuel cell
vehicles combining the improved range and performance of hybrid
technology with the overall benefits of a fuel cell.
Using a fuel cell powertrain supplied by Ballard Power Systems, the
world leader in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology,
the FCV is hybridized with the addition of a nickel metal-hydride
battery pack and a brake-by-wire electro-hydraulic series regenerative
braking system. The fuel cell engine converts chemical energy into
electric energy using hydrogen fuel and oxygen from air. The electric
energy then powers the vehicle's electric drive motor, producing only
water vapor and heat as by-products.
Just like Honda's Insight and Civic hybrids, the new battery 'assists'
the main powerplant by adding extra power when accelerating or climbing
hills, and is charged by regenerative braking system when braking or
decelerating. Of course, the Civic and Insight use a small gasoline
internal combustion engine instead of a fuel cell, but the principle is