Anticipated Fuel Rating
Ford expects the 2005 Escape Hybrid to be rated at between 35-40 mpg on the EPA city cycle, about 75 percent better than the conventional V-6-powered Ford Escape. The new system doesn't sacrifice performance, delivering acceleration that's similar to that of the V-6.
Conserving Gas, Lowering Emissions
A conventionally powered vehicle burns fuel and creates emissions when it's idling at a red light or stopped in traffic. The Escape's hybrid engine shuts down at rest to conserve fuel. When driving resumes, the SUV's 70-kilowatt traction motor generator can launch the vehicle on electric power. When it's needed, the generator starts the gas engine without the increased emissions produced when a conventional engine is started.
The Escape Hybrid's battery is continually recharged by a system that reclaims energy when the brakes are applied.
Tailpipe Emissions Reduced to Near Zero
Escape Hybrid produces 97 percent less hydrocarbon and oxides of nitrogen emissions than vehicles meeting todays required emission standards. That qualifies it for the Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards designation.
The Escape Hybrid also produces as little as half the amount of carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) as a conventional gas engine.
Ford Motor Company is among the leaders in the development of low emission vehicles, working on projects that will someday result in practical hydrogen-powered vehicles that will not produce any greenhouse gas emissions.
6/14/04 - Ford announced prices today for the 2005 Escape hybrid:
- Base price will be $26,380, excluding destination and delivery charges of $590.
- The 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid equipped with four-wheel-drive will start at $28,005.[/ul