Drive the Ford Escape Hybrid for free

As Ford announces that they are going to up the production of the Ford Escape Hybrid because of demand, they also announce an in an interactive ride-and-drive event that will make nine stops across the country.The Ford Escape Hybrid Experience Tour is a two-day event in selected cities that gives the public and dealers a chance to check out the unique hybrid powertrain system, talk to vehicle experts and best of all, test drive the world’s first full-hybrid SUV. In addition to learning more about Escape Hybrid, consumers also will have the opportunity to find out more about Ford Motor Companys multi-faceted commitment to a sustainable environment.

Consumer interest in the Ford Escape Hybrid has been incredible,” said Sheri Shapiro, Escape Marketing Manager. “We’ve had over 75,000 inquiries, so getting our customers inside the vehicle is what’s important now.”

The Escape Hybrid Experience Tour will visit the following cities across the U.S. this fall:

Boston, MA – Saturday, Oct. 2
Washington D.C.- Saturday, Oct. 9
San Francisco, CA – Saturday, Oct. 16
Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, Oct. 23
Chicago, IL – Saturday, Oct. 30
New York, NY – Sunday, Nov. 7
Orlando, FL – Saturday, Nov. 13
Austin, TX – Saturday, Nov. 19
Dates and locations are subject to change

The 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid is the world’s cleanest, most fuel-efficient SUV. It has earned an EPA-estimated gas mileage of 36 mpg for city driving and 31 mpg on highway roads for front-wheel drive configuration. Recently, the vehicle tackled stop-and-go traffic in New York City, traveling an extraordinary 576 miles on a single tank of gas (15 gallons), running 37 hours non-stop and delivering more than 38 miles per gallon.

The Ford Escape Hybrid is the first full hybrid to be built in North America. It’s capable of running solely on electric power at speeds below 25 mph, and then switching seamlessly and quietly into gasoline mode at higher speeds. The high-voltage storage battery teams with an efficient Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine to achieve V6-like acceleration performance without using as much gas. Through a technologically advanced regenerative braking system, the battery automatically recharges as you drive so it never needs to be plugged in.

The combined benefit’s of near zero emissions, the fuel economy of a full hybrid and the four-wheel drive go-anywhere capability make it the ideal ride for consumers across America who don’t want to compromise what they have in their conventional vehicles today. The Ford Escape Hybrid is available for sale and is currently arriving in dealerships.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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