26 Feb '12, 12am

Ford #hybrid cars to run on Panasonic power | | #electriccar @cars21com

Even the best of us need a little help from time to time – and those clever carmakers at Ford have turned to Panasonic for assistance with its next generation of hybrid cars . Panasonic will supply the prismatic lithium-ion battery cells for Ford’s Fusion Hybrid Electric and C-MAX Hybrid Electric – as well as the forthcoming C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. Ford will pack the battery cells together in-house. So what sort of performance can we expect from this collaboration? The lithium-ion hybrid electric vehicle pack will be able to offer peak charge and discharge power of 35kW – that compares to 25kW and 27kW in the older Fusion Hybrid. It also offers specific power of 0.84kW/kg – comparing favourably to the 0.412kW/kg of the outgoing NiMH pack. So it’s a boost in battery power – as well as improved electric motor and generator capabilities. This is set to offset the decreas...

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