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2020 Ford Escape Will Have PHEV Version


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#1 OFFLINE   Jonathan Ezor

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 08:21 AM

No surprise here, but Autoblog is reporting that there will in fact be a PHEV version of the 2020 Ford Escape SUV. From Autoblog's article:
 


One of our spy photographers caught the PHEV crossover out testing, and managed to get a close-up of the fuel filler flap up on the front left fender. It's definitely not for gasoline, since that flap has been seen on the rear left flap, so it must be for electricity.

 

 

Here's hoping the Escape PHEV is real and will be a great success, building on the lessons learned from C-MAX Energi (cargo room, Ford! Cargo room!). {Jonathan}


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#2 OFFLINE   spirilis

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:01 AM

Not that I put too much stock in it, but my dealer's salesman was hinting at that (along with the hybrid mustang) when I bought my C-Max back in December.  Hope they've learned a lot over the years with the C-Max, Fusion and Focus Electric and incorporate all of that in the next gen of vehicles!



#3 OFFLINE   komondor

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 07:27 PM

Biggest thing they need is a battery that can earn the max tax credit.  Honda PHEV has that and 48 mile range which is what I would hope the Escape can match. Hoping they put the batteries under the floor and where the spare tire goes, so no loss of cargo space and give up the AWD option for now.


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#4 OFFLINE   Jonathan Ezor

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 06:37 AM

Biggest thing they need is a battery that can earn the max tax credit.  Honda PHEV has that and 48 mile range which is what I would hope the Escape can match. Hoping they put the batteries under the floor and where the spare tire goes, so no loss of cargo space and give up the AWD option for now.

 

AWD is actually easier when you can use electric motors for at least 2 of the wheels, so it's not an either/or. Our Pacifica Hybrid minivan has a flat, under the 2nd row battery that gives a 32 mile range (big vehicle) and qualified for full Federal tax credit. Give me different EV modes, and AWD on demand, and I'm sold.



#5 OFFLINE   Billyk24

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 03:01 AM

Ford's first PHEV Ford Escape was built in ..2007!   It had a 30 mile electric range..  A fleet of 30 PHEV Ford Escape Hybrid went into the real world for testing via selective electric and energy companies starting in 2009.    It is rumored that former Ford CEO Mark Fields killed/delayed the PHEV program at Ford.    The Ford Escape Hybrid was suppose to be offered again in the multiple hybrid version for 2018 but failed to arrive. 

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A 2009 PHEV Ford Escape Hybrid.  



#6 OFFLINE   Billyk24

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 11:16 AM

AWD is actually easier when you can use electric motors for at least 2 of the wheels, so it's not an either/or. Our Pacifica Hybrid minivan has a flat, under the 2nd row battery that gives a 32 mile range (big vehicle) and qualified for full Federal tax credit. Give me different EV modes, and AWD on demand, and I'm sold.

Overheating of the rear electric motors is a possibility during heavy usage if you used a second electric motor for the rear wheels.  Has occurred in the Highlander Hybrid which got its design from the Ford Explorer Hybrid (yes that is not a misprint) that never came to the market and its tech was traded to Toyota for what was needed in the Escape Hybrid in 2004/05.  The escape hybrid 4wd system is based upon the JTEkT 4 wheel system  which is a computer controlled 4wheel drive system that some refer to as a sophisticated 2wd hang on system.

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