By Dan Shapley
Ford Tests A Hybrid Plug-In Car That Produces Power
Now here's an idea, straight out of Detroit, and it's bigger than an Expedition: A plug-in hybrid Ford that not only draws electricity from the power grid so its travels use less gasoline, but which also replenishes the grid with its excess energy. It's an idea Ford is testing with Southern California Edison Co., the utility that serves power-hungry parts of Southern California. Imagine it: A legion of drivers, using the friction of their braking to power their homes. That's what could happen if the idea works, as the batteries charged during driving release their excess onto the power grid. It holds the promise for new and innovative conservation schemes that might reward drivers for plugging in during peak periods of electricity demand. Let's hear it for Detroit.