Ford unveiled, on Monday (8), new information about the Escape PHEV 2020, plug-in hybrid model that will be launched in the North American market. The model is the same already presented in Europe, with the name of Kuga PHEV.
This SUV variant, which will compete with the Toyota RAV4 Prime in the United States, combines a 2.5-liter combustion engine with an electric propeller, offering the driver the choice of four driving modes.
In the fully electric mode, the autonomy of the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid is approximately 60 km, according to the manufacturer, about 18 km more compared to the Fusion Energey PHEV, the brand’s former hybrid. However, he loses to his main competitor in this regard: the RAV4 Prime runs around 68 km with the electric motor running.
The lithium battery in the new Escape hybrid is 14.4 kWh and can be fully recharged in just over three hours, if connected to a 240V outlet. Plugged into a 110V charger, the recharge time is between 10 and 11 hours, according to Ford.
The American automaker’s new hybrid received a rating of 100 MPGe (miles per gallon of equivalent fuel) by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), topping its category.
This means that it is capable of traveling 100 miles (or 160 km) for each gallon of fuel, in use combined with electric propulsion. That means he can do 43.24 km with 1 liter of gasoline.
The Ford Escape PHEV 2020 will cost from US $ 35 thousand, equivalent to R $ 173 thousand, at the quotation of the day, in direct conversion, a value suggested by the automaker and which can still be reduced, with government incentives for eletric cars. Sales will start soon.