4WD Hybrid Reviews: The Ford Escape
Usually Americans take an average of three years to turn in a new car. It has taken Ford five years and close to over one hundred engineers to install the hybrid drive train in a car that is already in existence, which is the Escape SUV. This model has arrived a year late than expected.
The Ford Escape joins the family of the hybrids between the Honda and the Toyota. The initial Ford Hybrid model used the Prius technology by amalgamating a high performing gasoline engine with two electric motors. The gasoline engine is 2.3 liter 4, that has been designed in a manner in which is can operate the Atkinson cycle. The particular specifics of this cycle can become somehow complex, but usually it will consume less air- fuel blend as compared to when it is running in the modern Otto cycle which is common with a large majority of the gas engines. As much as it is more efficient which adds on to the economy of fuel, it produces less power since it inhales a less amount of fuel and air.
The power actually declines from a level of 153 to that of 133 horsepower and the torque reduces from 152 up to 129 pound feet. The advantage of having the two electric motors in place is that one drives the wheels as the other starts up the engine hence spreading out the ratios of the transmission. This greatly improves on the fuel consumption levels while driving in the city. The two electric motors will also allow the Prius and the Escape to use electric power only which is an advantage as no other Honda can be driven in this mode. Just to add on, the double motor scenario is increasingly efficient at getting energy due to the fact that one of the motors has a direct connection to the wheels.
These electric motors are usually powered by a battery pack of 330 volts and can be found below the cars floor load. The battery can be charged using two approaches which are regenerative through the gas engine.
One major difference between the escape ad the initial Honda hybrid is that it does not come with specific purpose hybrid kind of tricks. The tires of the escapade are not low rolling like the former.
Once the key is turned on in the ignition, the electric motor is started that consequently starts up the gas engine. It produces a cranking sound and then goes silent with the assumption that the rest will be attributed to the surrounding temperature. The charge of the battery is sufficient enough with the climate control being positioned appropriately. The electric motor is capable of providing sufficient power to drive in the urban traffic under extreme conditions of light throttle. Usually, the engine of the gas will get into life at between ten and twenty mph which greatly assists in propulsion. It goes ahead to close down at approximately thirty mph as the car slows down.
From within, the discrepancies between the gas powered escape and the hybrid are very small. The temperature gauge of the engine is replaced by an assist and charge kind of meter. Once the engine of the gas closes down, the difference between the gas powered escapes and the 4Wd hybrid can hardly be noticed.
The 4Wd hybrid Ford escapade retails for $ 32, 450. This car is comparable to a V model which justifies the cost. It has beautiful navigation kind of leather seats and additional airbags. This car is definitely worth the buy.
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