Ford's Plug-in Escape Hybrid is Fueled by Electricity

The PHEV Escape will run the first 40 miles after a full charge using no gas at all.

Published: 23-Jan-2009

It's running — it's running!"

And so the first words from my companion, a Ford (F) public relations exec, quickly informed me that a test drive of an electric-powered vehicle would be a little bit different.

I drove a Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which ends Sunday. It was my first time behind the wheel of an electric car, and I quickly proved to be a newbie. When I first climbed in, the car was so still — no hum, no vibration — that I turned the key over. Bad move, the PR person let me know.

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