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Ford Escape Hybrid

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think you said that before, my short-term memory is failing me...

    Are you talking about the Freestyle?

    -juice
  • dave2222dave2222 Posts: 78
    To answer the questions about the futura lets start. The futura has been renamed by ford to the Ford Fusion. It will be placed between the Five Hundred and Focus. Its a midsize car based off the 6 platform with the 427 styling( I suggest you look at the 427 concept car).
    Its emissions will meet Tier 2 Bin 5 and ULEV
    Engines: 3.0L Duratec, 3.5L Duratec
    Transmission: CVT, 6-speed auto
    Drives: AWD, 4WD, FWD
    Interior- its designed to be more luxurious and family friendly than the Mazda 6.
    Pricing (approx. from people at ford ive talked to): 18K-24K.
    Competition: Camry, Accord, C-Class cars.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That 427 is just plain awesome - if the Fusion resembles it strongly, they may have a real winner there.
  • f111df111d Posts: 114
    Also know as, your "forgetter" works better than your "rememberer" does!!
    Paul
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    and now back to the discussion at hand: Ford Escape Hybrid.
  • f111df111d Posts: 114
    Also know as, your "forgetter" works better than your "rememberer" does!!
    Paul
  • f111df111d Posts: 114
    OOPS! I was trying to correct KNOW to KNOWN and ended up in a forum I never seen before. Diesel forum. Now if I can just figure out how to get back there?
    Anyhow I'll type this again that didn't show up. If anyone knows of any web sites related to Three phase generation, inverters/etc that might be applied to Automotive hybrids appreciate an e-mail. Thanks again.
    Paul
    To the Host I'll go back to the home page and go from there.
  • gmginsfogmginsfo San Diego, CAPosts: 113
    I'm certainly not going to buy one first year out, but in light of the Escape's mediocre NHTSA ratings, I'm wondering if the lower center of gravity presumably provided by the batteries in the Hybrid will make it handle any better? Will crash-avoidance manuverability be affected? Any thoughts?
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    i read somewhere that the hybrid escape will have avalable the side curtain safety canopy AND the seat mounted side air bag. is that true?
  • I paid my deposit. Dealer told me Sept.

    I have some exotic plans pending receipt of the vehicle. I plan to pull the rear seats out to reduce weight. I hired a body shop to drill racing perfs in the panels. I hired a Stanford electronics professor to figure out how to put a switch on to go 100% electric when i want to, how to add batteries i can remove when i want to enhance range, and how to charge it from my solar panels at my house. I'm going to go for an MPG record on it.. anybody want to have an MPG race with me? (Means you will have to cut yours up too..)

    Anybody got other ideas on how to lighten it up or increase the MPG potential?
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,891
    Welcome to the Forum. Did your dealer say what place you are in the wait list? My dealer has 100 people waiting. Ford says only one Escape per dealer per month. Hope you get yours to have fun with...
  • I'm #1 on the list. Just heard via here I wont see it til Oct. Now.. Drat...

    http://www.motortrend.com/features/news/112_news26/
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,891
    Number one is good. You will probably be one of the few that get one this year. We anticipate reading about your experience with the new Ford technology.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wow, calhybrid222, good luck with that project!

    Try to make sure everything you do is reversible, just in case...

    Are you a Mech E. student or something? This could be your Thesis!

    -juice
  • I'm not a Mech E but I called the Universities and posted on Craigslist, and the like, to find them to help me. You can do the same in your area. Ton's of engineering students would love to work on this only they can't afford the car. You get the car and offer to let them go for it and everybody wins. Yes.. Everything will be reversible. The rear seats weigh a bunch and it is just a ratchet wrench. You get a huge amount of additional storage room then.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I guess a 2 seater is all you need? But with lots of cargo space?

    I'm curious as to why you wouldn't start with a cheaper Civic hybrid or Prius.

    -juice
  • I'll have an aluminum rail made so i can drop the rear seats back in. Yes.. tons of picnic, camping, portable office, transport room.. depending on the need. I have a honda civic hybrid now.. no room. I want a portable office back there
  • rfruthrfruth Posts: 630
    How about the spare tire & rim cal ? I'll pass on the MPG race for now ... somebody at craigslist.com is using my sig though (or is it the other way around)

    1981 Raleigh for errands & fun ____ __o
    1997 Trek 2300 for real fun ! ____ _ \ | _)
    2000 Civic hatchback (_)/ (_)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds cool, just make sure the seat track is very sturdy so it doesn't compromise passenger safety. Also, all that equipment should be strapped down so you don't have flying projectiles in a crash.

    Good luck, keep us posted on your progress!

    -juice
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,618
    price listed was 29290 (firm!).
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    wow...$10k more than I paid for my Maxx; and the price you posted probably does not include all the extras. Sure glad I didn't wait. I think these prices will help Toyota sell more Highlander hybrids when they debut.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I bet most HL hybrids will come in at around $35k. That target audience likes 'em loaded up.

    One feature Prius owners rave about is the Bluetooth, something I consider a high-end feature.

    -juice
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,891
    Looks like more delays on the Hybrid Escape.

    http://www.arifleet.com/production.html#fdcars
  • My Brother inlaw works for Toyota Corp. Ford did not design their hybrid system. They tried and failed and asked Toyota for the computer system. They still couldn't get it to work. So they bought the whole system from toyota. Nissian is doing this already but the cars are not available in North America.
     So if you want to buy a butchered hybrid from FORD be my guest. Toyota has 2 hybrid Suv's in 05. Why people by Gm or ford is beyond me. BTW Toyota is building more and more cars in the States and helping the Economy. Ford and GM are building more in MEXICO. So help Americans out and buy Japanese.
  • rfruthrfruth Posts: 630
    If anyone deserves a reward for lots of talk with little action its Ford for the Escape hybrid but am glad to see them get good reviews, now if they can keep it up - snip - GRITZINGER: This may have been the ultimate Woodward Dream Cruiser. Before you start holding your belly and rolling on the floor laughing, consider this: Most of the time I spent stuck in the world’s most glorious traffic jam, the gasoline engine was never running. Over the course of two visits to the cruise, the gas gauge never appeared to move. Try that with whatever heap of polished ’60s scrap iron you want.
    http://autoweek.com/article.cms?articleId=100692
  • john1701ajohn1701a Posts: 1,897
    > One feature Prius owners rave about

    The real draw is the feedback the Multi-Display provides, which is standard on all models of Prius.

    So I'm quite interested how the Escape-Hybrid wannabees order their vehicle... since only the high-end model offers a display.

    JOHN
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Toyota doesn't have any hybrid SUVs yet, we'll see when the delays finally stop and they actually deliver. For now it's vaporware.

    -juice
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    quote- bags32 It's already been established that the pricing will most likely be in the $23,000-$25,000 range which is a premium over the I4 Escape (as mentioned above).-end

    Take a look at history. Post 280 to 292. The price of an Escape is $28,000 plus and some people are better predictors of the future than others.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Minpa, your brother in law is wrong. Ford independently developed the Escape Hybrid system, then found that some of what they developed might likely infringe on some of Toyota's already filed patents. Thus they bought a license agreement in advance in order to avoid any legal issues.

    This is much different situation than "buying" Toyota's hybrid system.
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