The Ford Escape Hybrid was the first battery assisted SUV in the market when it launched in 2004. It is the gasoline-electric powered version of the Ford Escape SUV developed by Ford Motor Company.
The Escape hybrid cars can be identified by the “Hybrid” badges on the doors of the car and near the right tail-gate. Additionally, the driver’s side window is smaller in size so as to accommodate the ventilation slot for the high voltage battery.
No Compromise Hybrid:
Escape Hybrid was the former car to unite SUV capability with outstanding fuel economy and low environmental impact of a full hybrid. This Hybrid car uses no fuel when you are stopped in traffic or in 44mph in full electric mode. It includes comfortable seating for five, a versatile cargo and numerous standard amenities. It also includes an intelligent 4WD system that provides enhanced traction whether the road is covered with gravel or ice or soaked by rain.
34 MPG City:
Running in electric mode, Escape Hybrid uses no fuel when car is stopped in traffic or driven at lower speeds upto 44mph.
When 2.5L I-4 engine kicks in, it delivers an out-standing fuel economy of 34mpg in stop-and-go driving situations.
When brakes are applied, energy produced in braking process is lost as heat. In Escape Hybrid, electric motor captures energy and sends it back to the battery to store it for later use.
Nickel Metal Hydride Battery (NiMH):
The battery in Escape Hybrid is completely sealed and carefully encased and stored under the flat rear cargo area floor. The regenerative braking charges the battery every time you apply brakes.
The seat fabric in Escape Hybrid is made of post industrial material polyester fiber. The cushions use bio-based polyurethane foam derived from the oils of various plant seeds.
Ford Escape Hybrid is the first vehicle combining two efficient technologies.