The Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid will offer an EPA-estimated economy rating of 100 MPGe combined and an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range.
The latest Escape features Ford’s fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission, Ford said. The plug-in hybrid system is available on every Escape trim level except S and SE Sport.
Along with its estimated all-electric range of 37 miles, the Escape Plug-In Hybrid has an EPA-estimated rating of 41 miles per gallon combined when running strictly on gasoline.
“The all-new Escape plug-in has more power and more passenger space than the Fusion Energi plug-in, as well as up to four times the cargo volume behind its second-row seats,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer.
The Escape Plug-In Hybrid is part of Ford’s investment of more than $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles, according to the manufacturer.
The new Escape Plug-In Hybrid has a Level 1/Level 2 AC charging port. Using a 110-volt Level 1 charger, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 to 11 hours. Using a 240-volt Level 2 charger, charge time drops to roughly 3.5 hours.3
Hybrid models feature four modes that allow customers to select the setting most suitable for their individual needs. This includes:
- Auto EV mode, where the vehicle decides whether to run on gas or electric power
- EV Now mode, where drivers can operate on all-electric power
- EV Later mode, which allows drivers can switch to full gas-hybrid driving to conserve electric miles for later
- And all-new EV Charge mode, where drivers can continue to charge the battery while driving and generate electric-only miles to use later
Escape comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 and offers available Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, and a voice-activated navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. Also available is the class-exclusive Active Park Assist 2.0.
Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine