• Oct 18, 2006
AutoblogGreen's Sam Abuelsamid recently had a chance to drive one of Ford's new test fleet cars. And it wasn't just any new car. It was one of the new fuel cell powered Focuses (Foci?). The test drive was held as part of the opening of a new hydrogen filling station in Taylor, MI. Ford rolled out 6 of these sedans for attendees to try. As Sam explains, the ride was short, but the impression was positive.

The biggest difference from driving a standard Focus was getting it started. Kind of like the old days of diesels and waiting for the glow plugs to warm up, he had to turn the key and wait a few seconds before he had full power. Only a faint hum from under his seat let him know the car was running. The one-speed transmission was shifted into drive and besides the quiet, it felt a lot like an automatic Focus.

The brakes are electro-mechanical calipers from ContiTeves, with good pedal feel. However, they were a little grabby at first. Range should be 175-225 on a full tank of hydrogen, depending on driving conditions. That tank, by the way, takes up the entire trunk in the Focus. A NiMH D cell battery pack is used to run the pump for starting the fuel cell. As Sam points out, a more thorough review should be available in the near future. Click the read link for more details and photos.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hydrogen fuel cells are fantastic. Now if we coult find a ready source of hydrogen we'd be all set.
      • 8 Years Ago
      >>As Sam points out, a more thorough review should be
      >>available in the near future

      When I read that, the first think I thought was, "...should be available when Ford gives it the okay."

      But anyways, I don't like this idea of hydrogen. It may decrease the dependence on foreign oil, but then we are all driving around huge tanks of elemental hydrogen (Hindenburg?). Plus, the cost for us to replace all the existing infrastructure with hydrogen-capable gas-stations is astronomical. I just don't see it working, at least cheaply.

      Personally, I think we should try to be more like Europe and move more towards diesel. I got 45 mpg last time I filled up my Beetle (2002 TDi), and I have a tendency to shift late-in-the-RPM-range.