Mar 26, 2004 11:09 ET
Clean, Efficient Ford Escape
Hybrid Takes on Manhattan Traffic Jams on Just One Tank of Gas
NEW YORK, March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- It's been called "the cleanest and most fuel efficient SUV on
the planet." But just how far in notorious Manhattan traffic can
the upcoming 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid go on a single tank of gas?
Ford will put the innovative new
hybrid vehicle to an extreme driving test beginning the morning of
April 5 to determine how many miles and how many consecutive hours the
Escape Hybrid can cover on one 15-gallon tank of gas.
"We are going to drive up, down
and across the island of Manhattan in some of the heaviest traffic
possible," said Mary Ann Wright, Ford's chief engineer for the
"Escape Hybrid can provide an
economical solution to a problem commuters face every day --
bumper-to-bumper gridlock that can bleed a normal car's fuel tank
dry," Wright says. "At the same time, Ford Escape Hybrid is
a practical and livable environmental solution to help address air
quality problems in our cities, as well as the global warming
Several New York celebrities and
journalists will each drive a short leg of the epic "Manhattan On
a Tank of Gas" challenge. The drive will start at the Essex House
Hotel, 160 Central Park South, in midtown.
Available at the end of this summer,
the Ford Escape Hybrid will be the world's first no-compromise hybrid
SUV. It combines the fuel economy and emissions benefits of a
"full" hybrid-electric system with the go-anywhere
capability, toughness and cargo capacity of the Ford Escape, America's
best- selling small SUV.
"No other vehicle that can carry
five adults along with all their gear could take on this kind of
traffic and get very far," Wright says. "Other vehicles
might start out with more fuel but they will go through it a lot more
Escape Hybrid is an extremely clean
vehicle to operate, producing 97 percent less hydrocarbon and oxides
of nitrogen emissions than vehicles that meet today's nationwide Tier
I emissions standard. That's clean enough to qualify the 2005 Escape
Hybrid for the stringent Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions
Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards.
Indeed, the Ford Escape Hybrid is as
environmentally friendly as a vehicle that runs solely on electric
power. That's because a battery-electric vehicle needs to be plugged
in to be recharged, and that electricity must be generated by a power
plant, creating some smog-forming emissions. The Escape Hybrid, on the
other hand, never needs to be plugged in. Its battery is continually
recharged by an ingenious system that reclaims energy when the brakes
Source: Ford Motor Company
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