A recent announcement by Ford Motor Company stated that they have entered into an agreement with Johnson Controls to manufacture 5,000 batteries annually for their plug-in hybrid which should hit the streets in 2012. According to a story on NPR this morning, Ford claims that their plug-in hybrid will achieve upward of 120mpg in city driving. The challenge for hybrids, and extended range vehicles (commonly known as plug-in hybrids), has been and will continue to be the battery. Both costly to produce and bulky in size, the battery remains a major stumbling block to widespread availability of these vehicles.
- Eric Wilson