Today at EVS-23, Ford will deliver the first of its announced 20 research plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) to Southern California Edison (SCE) to begin road testing. The delivery comes five months after Ford and SCE announced their collaboration to advance the commercialization of PHEVs by exploring new technologies and business models, including vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services. (Earlier post.)
The research prototype uses a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Johnson Controls-Saft based off a 41Ah cylindrical cell. Ford and JCS developed the plug-in pack together. The PHEV uses a blended operating strategy, and delivers an equivalent 30-mile all-electric range, according to Ford.
The pack runs in charge-depletion mode down to approximately a 30% state of charge, before switching over to charge-sustaining mode.
Although the Ford-SCE partnership envisions exploring V2G and vehicle-to-home (V2H) services later in the multi-year project, the initial PHEVs are not outfitted with the supporting hardware or software.
Ford will initially work exclusively with SCE to develop the testing procedures and define its initial demonstration fleet. As Ford’s plug-in hybrid program grows, the automaker will look for broader participation as it develops a business model not just for Southern California, but potentially nationwide.