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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Escape, Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid winners

[Credit = Autoblog.com photo gallery]

The 2007 Escape Hybrid in front-wheel drive form is the most fuel-efficient SUV on the market. As such, it is one of just three current model-year vehicles to qualify for the federal government's maximum $2,000 EcoAuto incentive.

Toyota's Prius and Honda's Civic hybrid also qualify.

The 2008 Escape Hybrid is even more fuel-frugal.

That improvement should qualify the new 4WD model for the full $2,000 rebate as well. Its 2007 counterpart is eligible for a $1,500 incentive.

Those incentives should help offset the price of the Escape Hyrbid, which is listed as $31,499 for the FWD version and $33,899 for the 4WD version.

For those who may worry about the longevity of such relatively new technology, the Hybrid's CVT, battery pack, and electronic power controller are covered by a special eight-year, 160,000 km warranty. More at TheStar.com = TG

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Anonymous Robert Ackerlind said...

The reflex system or phev should be working now with nimh but for chevron/cobasys suppression.

Litium is too expensive not to mention explosive. The chevy volt is a body only. Gm is expecting Chevron/Cobasys's litium research department to solve the fire problem.

This is another ruse like the feul cell fiasco.

Toyota would be selling plug-ins now except their parent company Panasonic lost the spurious lawsuit from cobasys.

The details are sealed but Panasonic is obviously prohibited from producing nimh above 10 ah (enough for mild hybrids only such as the Prius).

A plug in would be more like 50 ah. the Rav4 ev had 95 ah and still runs after 200,000 miles, but when that dies Panasonic is prohibited from producing a replacement battery.

You can't get one from Cobasys. Cobasys refuses to sell above 10 ah for personal cars because that would damage their parent company chevron from selling gasoline.

9:25 AM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Correct Robert,

No doubt there are a few others who see this picture clearly, yet I suspect we are a very small group. = TG

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Joe Public said...

very welll done great article man!!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Albertan Technophile said...

there is an EV hack for the prius, google it.

6:00 PM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Yes, I read about that *Hack* = battery addition. They go in the wheel well and greatly extend the range of the Prius. = TG

12:05 PM  

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