Originally written in 2010:
Update: This vehicle is supposed to be on the market in mid 2018.
Folks... I've been preaching to ya'll for many years about hydrogen engines for transportation and electricity generation. Of course, I
have to say this every time too... I'm not talking about those hydro-boost scams either. I'm not even talking about fuel cells. I've always said that burning pure hydrogen in an internal combustion engine is the way to go. And,
low and behold, the Ford Motor Company comes out with the coolest car ever invented. Why? Because it will run on pure hydrogen. It will also run on gasoline or E85 ethanol, but those two options will go away soon enough.
Of course, this is just a concept car right now, but when is "soon enough"? Does Ford know something about electrolysis that we don't? I
think they do. They would not invest all that money in a hydrogen fueled car if they did not "know" that electrolysis would get more and more efficient in the very near future. I predict that electrolysis will get so efficient,
that Ford will put a highly efficient electrolysis unit in each vehicle and produce hydrogen on demand (HOD). They will then do away with the gasoline and E85 options. You'll literally be able to fill up your tank with your garden hose.
And... this little electric vehicle with a range of 249 miles and one hour charge time (50% in 10 minutes) is quite impressive...
2009 BYD e6
As the latest star in a rapidly expanding portfolio of green, high-tech products, the all-new BYD e6 electric vehicle is being unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The five-passenger e6 will be marketed as a family-oriented crossover vehicle.
The pure-electric e6 features BYD's revolutionary battery technology - what we call the Fe battery. The range per charge is expected to be a remarkable 249mi (400km). Performance is surprisingly brisk, with 0-60mph (0-100km/h) acceleration in less than 8 seconds and a projected top speed of 100mph (160km/h).
The Right Size - What sets the e6 apart from other pure electric vehicles are its size and performance. With current battery capacity limited, most other manufacturers have elected to focus on small, lightweight EVs that stress efficiency over performance and range.
BYD, as a young brand with a rich history of IT development and cutting-edge battery R&D, has the drive and extroverted personality to take an unconventional approach and manufacture cars that embody the company's slogan, Build Your Dreams. That's the spirit and underlying philosophy behind the e6.
The high-tech e6 boasts the exterior dimensions of a typical American family vehicle, with ample interior space that provides substantial legroom and headroom for passengers, plus a generous luggage compartment. The e6 measures 179.3 inches (4554mm) long, 71.7 inches (1822mm) wide and 64.2 inches (1630mm) tall.
Convenient and Eco-Friendly - The pure-electric e6 is environmentally friendly, eliminating toxic emissions and greenhouse gases while driving. BYD's new Fe battery takes this "green" philosophy a step further: All chemical substances used in the battery can be recycled.
And while the range of many electric vehicles is restricted by their battery capacity, making it inconvenient to travel long distances, the BYD e6, with its high-efficiency Fe battery, can go up to 249 miles (400km) on a single charge. That makes the e6 suitable for daily commutes, around-town chores and even long journeys.
The Fe battery pack in the e6 can be quick-charged to 50 percent of itscapacity in 10 minutes, and 100 percent of its capacity in 60 minutes.