FORD FUSION 999
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The Ford Fusion team at the famous land speed record race track: Bonneville Salt Flats. In 2019 Hyundai raced a hydrogen fueled production Nexo on the Flats, reaching 106 mph. In 2020, a British team designed a hydrogen battery for the Saxon Bullet, to attempt to beat Ford's record at Pendine Sands at a date yet to be announced. As it stands, these are the only hydrogen fuel cell powered LSR projects.
FORD PRESS RELEASE 2007 - FORD SETS LAND SPEED RECORD WITH FORD FUSION HYDROGEN 999 FUEL CELL RACECAR
The car was designed and built by Ford engineers in collaboration with Ohio State University, Ballard Power Systems and Roush.
Utah, August 16 2007 - Ford Motor Company today became the world's first
automaker to set a land speed record for a production-based fuel cell
powered car. The Ford Fusion Hydrogren 999 fuel cell car raced to 207.297
mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah to set the record.
HENRY FORD - The Model T is famous as the first mass produced car, that many people could afford. It is arguably the first people's car. The next people's car was the Volkswagen Beetle and after that the Austin Mini. Though the Citroen 2CV and many other lesser volume produced cars should get a mention.
What is not so well known is that Henry set a land speed record on January the 4th 1912, Henry Ford set a land speed record on ice at 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. He was driving a four-wheel vehicle, dubbed the “999,” with a wooden chassis and an upright steering wheel.
we've accomplished is nothing short of an industry first, said Gerhard
Schmidt, vice president, Research & Advanced Engineering for Ford Motor
Company. No other automaker in the world has come close. We are excited to
have accomplished something never before done. We established this project
to advance fuel-cell-powered vehicles and to do what has never been done
before; and we did it.
ALL CHANGE 2030
We have relied on petrol (gasoline) and diesel vehicles for transporting people and goods, but they have proved damaging to the environment and human health, in part causing global warming and lung cancer.
In no small measure, recognition of the urgent need to do something to reverse climate change was due to the millions of schoolchildren who organized mass protests around the world - spurred on by the efforts of the remarkable Swiss striker Greta Thunberg.
If we want a practical solution within the next 10 years, hydrogen has many obstacles to overcome, where battery exchange recharging by swapping packs is already making headway in China and India, and is sure to become more popular as a way of instantly recharging EV's and also load levelling generation from solar and wind electricity.
One potential solution under development is a Dual Fuel service station where energy packs can include hydrogen as the storage medium. With such a system, instead of competing with batteries, hydrogen interests can work alongside battery concerns to build a comprehensive transport infrastructure.
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Hydrogen powered vehicles are becoming more popular, especially buses in cities, where diesel particulates are choking the population. There is an abundance of clean wind and solar energy that can produce green hydrogen, something that at the moment is not happening.
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