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Ford Concept Micro Hybrid


Engineers from Ford’s Aachen Research Centre in Germany have developed a micro hybrid concept car based on the Ford Fiesta. Although it is currently a research project, the Fiesta micro hybrid potentially could be in production by 2006. Ford’s partner in the development of the system is Valeo, a French supplier for electrical car systems.

Micro hybrids augment the combustion engine with features such as feature stop/start functionality, an efficient generator, and regenerative braking, but provide no power for propulsion. (See A Short Field Guide to Hybrids.) The new GM Silverado is also a micro hybrid.

The Fiesta micro hybrid will improve fuel consumption by 5-15%, depending upon conditions and driving behavior, with a corresponding drop in emissions.

The Fiesta micro hybrid’s powertrain is based on a standard 1.4 liter 80 hp gasoline engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The micro hybrid functions added on top of this include start-stop technology, regenerative braking and advanced battery management.


Lee Dekker

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