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As part of a push by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to make plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) cost competitive with other cars by 2014, Ford has delivered a plug-in hybrid electric flex-fuel Escape to the DOE to join its test fleet of other PHEVs currently undergoing research and testing.

The vehicle is equipped with a 10 kilowatt lithium ion battery that can take it up to 30 miles at speeds under 40 mph before needing to fire up its fuel-fed hybrid-electric engine. After that, the hybrid-electric engine kicks in and can deliver a fuel economy of 88 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway when using E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline blend).

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Well, ignoring all the rest, this sure as heck would usefully cut foreign oil dependency.
 

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this sounds exactly like a concept I expect to see Ford intro at Chicago or NYC -- just not in an Escape ;) (or Focus!)
whiteSpace !

 

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Actually,why not do the Mariner, period.

Consider the realistic volume involved here and ....

Dollars to doughnuts more Mercury people have a garage than Ford people percentage wise.
 

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Actually,why not do the Mariner, period.

Consider the realistic volume involved here
this ^ part...
YES!


ergo, my hope for the Merc-Only White-Space Plug-In
 

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Also, the Focus is a fun car to drive! I rented one and loved the height of the seating and the headroom. It drove well and could very easily satisfy many. FORD is looking better and better!

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thats great, but where are the e85 pumps?
 

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That's obviously the gasoline equivalent mpg, but impressive none the less!

I can assure you that the 88 mpg number is not the gasoline equivalent. When I run E85 in the Impala, mid 20's fuel economy figures translate to numbers well in excess of 100mpg for gasoline equivalent mileage.
 
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