Ford today announced the first production of its new Focus hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Focus FCV-Hybrid.
This differs from prior demo cars in three ways. First, it’s the most sophisticated, according to Ford. Second, it came off a production line, not out of a lab. Ford intends to crank through 30 of the Focus FCVs initially for field testing. Also being tested and refined, though, will be the manufacturing techniques.
Third, unlike an earlier version of the Focus FCV, this model is a hybrid.
Well, there you go. A fuel cell hybrid. Just like I asked for. Anyone got a quarter million I can borrow? This car has a much better range using the hybrid technology than with using the fuel cells alone (at least compared to the Honda).
Of course, the automakers burned up a few billion in federal funds on electrics a few years ago and have nothing to show for it except a great deal of untapped demand while they jerk leased autos away from owners willing to pay top dollar to keep their EVs. Here is to hoping that the aims of the auto giants are a bit less cynical this time.