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Ford Airstream

The Ford Airstream is a concept car built by Ford that made its debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The Ford Airstream is a retro-futuristic crossover utility vehicle that was inspired by the classic Airstream recreational vehicle trailers built since the 1930s. The modern Ford Airstream concept includes a plug-in hybrid hydrogen fuel cell drive system, called HySeries Drive, that operates exclusively on electrical power. Ford calls the Ford Airstream Concept "a futuristic look at crossovers" as "modern touring vehicle(s)" for recreational travelers. The concept vehicle was designed in cooperation with Airstream, a division of Thor Industries. The design and name of the Airstream were possibly influenced by the Ford Aerostar.


The concept vehicle is powered by a rechargeable plug-in hybrid hydrogen fuel cell drive train, called HySeries Drive. This power plant system was developed with partial funding from the United States Department of Energy, and is currently being tested on a prototype version of the Ford Edge. The Airstream Concept's wheels are driven by electric motors, which are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The Ballard Power Systems hydrogen fuel cell system recharges the vehicle's battery pack as needed, as a portable generator, and the vehicle can also be plugged into an AC source, to recharge between trips. The HySeries Drive delivers the equivalent of a combined city/highway equivalent fuel economy of 41 mpg (U.S.) (5.7 L/100 km). In pure-battery mode, the Ford Airstream Concept is designed to travel about 25 miles (40 km), before the hydrogen-powered fuel cell begins operating to recharge the vehicle's 336-volt lithium-ion battery pack. With a full load of hydrogen, the range increases another 280 miles (451 km), for a total of 305 miles (491 km). The sole exhaust emission from the operating vehicle is water vapor.


The Ford Airstream includes asymmetric doors. The passenger side door is a power clamshell hatch that runs two-thirds the length of the vehicle for loading of passengers and cargo. The crossover includes a rear hatch for loading cargo aft.


The interior was inspired by spacecraft images and environments portrayed in 2001: A Space Odyssey, according to Ford. It is described as a "lounge atmosphere", meant to provide a relaxing experience while traveling. The instrument panel includes flush-mounted, touch-sensitive controls and a single, multi-function gauge display with primary driving information. A center-mounted dual-view screen provides a camera view and secondary driver-oriented information, and also allows the front-seat passenger to view DVD movies and work on the Internet.

The front seats are captain's chairs that can swivel and rotate to face aft. The rear seats are lounge-like, and includes a 360-degree viewscreen for entertainment, games, Internet access, and as a live camera feed. The seats include four-point safety belts.


  • Powertrain: Ford/Ballard HySeries Drive plug-in hydrogen hybrid fuel cell
  • Chassis dimensions
    • Overall length: 185.0 in (4,699 mm)
    • Wheelbase: 125.9 in (3,198 mm)
    • Overall width: 78.9 in (2,004 mm)
    • Overall height at curb: 70.6 in (1,793 mm)
    • Front track width: 67.6 in (1,717 mm)
    • Rear track width: 69.2 in (1,758 mm)
  • Suspension
    • Front: Double wishbone independent suspension
    • Rear: Multi-link independent
  • Interior
    • Front headroom: 37.5 in (952 mm)
    • Rear headroom: 36.2 in (919 mm)
    • Front legroom: 39.6 in (1,006 mm)
    • Rear headroom: 33.1 in (841 mm)


External links

  • — Airstream, Inc.
  • — Ford Motor Company
  • — Ford Motor Company Media Center


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