An advanced diesel electric hybrid Ford Focus will make its public debut today at the Cenex LCV show.
The one-off model built in a collaboration by Ford, Control Power Technologies and the ADEPT consortium including Ricardo, Faurecia, Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium and Nottingham University uses a 1.5 litre diesel engine and 48V electric motor it’s invented called a SpeedStart.
It meets current emissions regulations and pushes the CO2 to under 80gkm, while offering better performance across the power range.
Creators say their system is very competitive to manufacture against other hybrids and much cheaper than a full hybrid system and can be adapted to use with a petrol engine or other main power source such as gas.
Delegates to the LCV2016 show near Milton Keynes over the next two days will be able to ride, drive and discuss the project with the ADEPT consortium and engineers.