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Monday, April 16, 2007

Ford Hybrid Escape tries harder

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Introducing another reason to love city life. Escape Hybrid delivers an impressive 34 mpg in stop-and-go driving situations.* It actually uses no fuel when you're stopped in traffic or driving at low speeds when running in pure electric mode.

Escape Hybrid's innovative nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) battery is completely sealed and securely encased. It's stored neatly at the flat load floor of the spacious cargo area. What's more, the regenerative braking system recharges the NiMH battery each time you brake, so there is never any need to plug it in.

In a conventional vehicle when you brake, the energy is lost as heat. During braking in the Escape Hybrid, the electric motor captures this energy that is normally lost and sends it back to the battery pack to be stored for later use. Whenever you apply the brakes, you are, in effect, recharging the battery pack. Engineers call this regenerative braking and it represents a major part of the Escape Hybrid's fuel efficiency advantage over conventional vehicles.

[Credit = Autoblog.com photo gallery]

When it comes to warranty, Escape Hybrid has you covered - and then some. In addition to the standard 3 year/36,000 mile limited bumper-to-bumper plan, Escape Hybrid comes with an extended 8 year/100,000 mile limited warranty covering Hybrid components, bringing you solid peace of mind for the road ahead.*

*Unique Hybrid components covered under the 8 year/100,000 mile limited warranty are: High voltage battery (non-California emissions states) eCVT and DC/DC Converter. 10 year/150,000 mile limited hybrid battery warranty in CA, ME, MA, NY and VT.
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I have not been a Ford man but clearly Ford seems to be trying harder with this new Escape, the 500mile gas tank range and the 8 or 10 year warrany. Hummm = TG


Anonymous Belisarius said...

I would look seriously at a hybrid if it had an electric-only/plug-in recharge capability. My preference would only be to use the gasoline engine for extended range driving.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous joni said...

Great simple to understand green speak. I like that you can relate engineer terms into what a the everyday driver can understand. The escape hybrid is cool looking too! http://jenningsandersonford.com/vehicles/new/lineup/ford-escape-hybrid

8:13 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Now that's a car I could appreciate, Tony. One of the things that's important to me and my husband is that a car has enough headroom for us. I am 5'10 and when I wear heels I top 6'. I usually wear western boots, so I'm almost always wearing heels. I have often bumped my head on the door frame trying to get into small cars.

8:36 AM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Gale, Yes, that head bump is common in many a late model vehicle.

Another reason I like my boxy old Jeep Wagoneer, but at 236 kilometers it*s time to look at something else and getting off gas all together.

Belisarius, GM read your mind and made the Volt for you. It has a small 3 cyl engine that provides a re-charge anytime anywhere you are beyond a 110V socket. = TG

12:15 PM  
Anonymous The Car Geek said...

Its amazing how most people like dishing American companies like General Motors while blindly applauding Toyota for their vision, customer focus and technology.

Interesting car this would be.. With an big electric engine I wonder how much Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) it puts out.

Does it even use a GM tonneau cover to increase its fuel mileage and will it protect the valuables and other stuffs in from the said EMF?

1:13 PM  
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