After Toyota’s introduction of the Prius, the first hybrid vehicle, in 1997, followed by the Honda Insight debut two years later in the United States, General Motors adopted hybrid technology in its vehicle with the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid. Introducing the Escape Hybrid is the first entry of any American vehicle on the market. As for Ford’s pioneering model, the Escape is produced in limited numbers. 2004 brought only 3000-4000 Ford Escape units which began production in late July. Between 16,000 and 17,000 units are expected to be on the production line in 2005, but with demand increasing, the number could increase.
Since the law of supply and demand applies to the Escape, buyers will not get discounts or refunds for this high-priced SUV ranging from $ 26,970 for front-wheel drive, which can go up to $ 33,000 for a vehicle with full options up to $ 28,595. for all-wheel drive. They have to settle for the idea that they are one of the few owners of this first SUV of its kind.
The 2005 Ford Escape is powered by a 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric powertrain to deliver V-6 performance. It is usually an electric car that uses an electric power motor to run. Unlike other hybrid vehicles like the Honda Accord, which uses IMA or integrated engine assist that is always in gas mode and switches to electric for extra power when needed, the Ford Escape uses electricity for as long as possible and then switch to gas when needed. The electric motor can peak up to 70 kilowatts for an additional 93 hp.
The American hybrid does not require a plug. The battery is a 330 volt Sealed Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery that recharges automatically during extended stops or when the gasoline engine is running. Its battery performance is like a typical V-6 in terms of speed and acceleration. It uses the electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT), which harnesses internal combustion and electrical energy sources to power the wheels. Fuel economy increases by 75% in city driving, consuming approximately 36 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway, better than Ford expected.
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