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09-24-2007, 06:08 PM (
Ford to bring back ESCORT in 2010 with 100 mpg Hybrid

Ford Motor Company has embarked on a bold mission to bring back the Escort name in a revolutionary new Plug-in Hybrid vehicle.

The new Hybrid only vehicle will compete with the highly successful Toyota Prius which has established a loyal cult-like following since its introduction 7 years ago. The new Escort Hybrid is planned for the model year 2011 and to be introduced in the fall of 2010.

Ford believes a total from the ground up Hybrid Exclusive model is the only way to truly capture the growing market for Hybrid Vehicles since consumers have not fully embraced the idea of retrofitting existing platforms. The Escort name has huge market identification and Ford knows learning from past mistakes how instantly the idea of an Escort Hybrid will capture the hearts and minds of all the legions of Escort Alumni.

The System Ford has chosen is a single mode Hybrid instead of the Dual-mode Hybrid that is going to be offered by GM and Chrysler. The Dual-mode hybrid uses two smaller electric motors that assist the gasoline engine at different times in the acceleration cycle. Ford believes the Single mode Plug-in Hybrid system will be superior in the future with the introduction of “Super Batteries” now being developed.

Ford is invested in the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium and is focusing most of its attention on A123 systems nanophosphate Lithium-Ion batteries to reach it’s expected 100 miles per gallon target. A123Systems high power battery technology is based on new highly active nanoscale materials that are inexpensive, nontoxic, extremely stable (Non Explosive) and quick charging. The new batteries are expected to have a life of 10 years and 150,000 miles.

Ford is in race with GM to bring out the new Escort before the Chevy Volt hits the market in 2010. Alan Mulally Ford’s new CEO realizes that Ford needs to hang on to their perceived lead in domestic Hybrid technology first developed and introduced for the Ford Escape.

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09-25-2007, 07:58 PM
Escort as a hybrid car? The use of that name may work in Europe, but I wonder how it would really do in the U.S. The only new car I've ever owned was an Escort, and within six months I was driving it like I hated it, because I did. I'd had my gall bladder removed the year after I bought it, and the first day back at work someone hit the thing. It was a shame they didn't total it. It was reliable, though. I could count on it burning up a fuel pump every 60k (once on the HRBT on a Friday afternoon in August), headlights every 17k, and a clutch every 50k or so. I could also expect the rear wheels to try to lead the front on any wet curve with a bump in it. At least it didn't burn to the ground like the Escort a relative of mine owned.

If I didn't believe, because I have experienced them, that Ford has made great steps since then to improve their cars, I'd never consider it. As it is, I could look forward to trading my Prius on one of these.

09-25-2007, 08:20 PM
I was wondering if anyone was ever comment on this. There seems to be more talk in here about the possibility of a Volt than any of the many and very tangible Ford efforts in hybrids and alternative sources of energy.

This and the rumored numbers published by igor in his excellent thread about the 2009 Fusion would put Ford on a clear lead in efficient vehicles.

09-29-2007, 03:31 PM
Ford is really going to have to make consumers know that the Escort is a hybrid only vehicle, and not lead to confusion with its other compacts the focus, and the entry level verve/ fiesta. The idea is brilliant though, the 3 largest automakers Toyota, GM, and Ford with their own Hybrid only model lines, and i think the americans have a shot as the Prius is only getting a exterior refresh for 09'

09-29-2007, 06:01 PM
I was wondering if anyone was ever comment on this...

was goning to make a comment about E-scort
but couldn't find a capital 'E' with a macron over it.

but also saw a post (think on CSS) that Ford made a statement that they weren't going to use Escort for the hybrid...

Whatever they call it, it sounds great!