NEW YORK, April 5, 2004 - Should you start promoting a clean vehicle by wasting a tank of gas? Ford Media is now selling Hybrids to a new customer, an environmentally conscious customer, meaning if you are going to go for a drive to promote the vehicle... don't go driving it around in circles... GO somewhere... make the trip count for something! Ford should pick-up where Toyota left off. Americans are already sold on the Hybrid idea! But they have been waiting three years fro US car makers to come around so they can buy American! This said, I can't wait to try it... On sale - in showrooms - in June! Remy C. ET web-ed (Back to ET Splash Page...)

MANHATTAN ON A TANK OF GAS: FORD ESCAPE HYBRID TAKES ON NIGHTMARISH TRAFFIC JAMS WITH CLEAN EFFICIENCY - "It's a commuter's nightmare." Starting in midtown Manhattan during the morning rush-hour, the Escape Hybrid was driven up, down and across the island over some of America's most congested streets and avenues. Chief engineer Mary Ann Wright didn't stop the test until the small SUV's gas tank was completely dry. This took 36+ hours of non-stop driving. "We've designed 'Manhattan on a Tank of Gas' to see how many miles an Escape Hybrid can be driven on a single tank of gas in some of the worst conditions for fuel efficiency most drivers would ever face," says Wright. Available at the end of this summer, it combines the fuel economy and emissions benefits of a "full" hybrid with the go-anywhere capability, toughness and spaciousness of the Ford Escape, America's favorite small SUV. Escape Hybrid is the first hybrid electric vehicle on the market that can comfortably accommodate five adults and their gear. "No-compromise utility separates Escape Hybrid from other 'green' vehicles," Wright says. "Escape Hybrid can provide an economical solution to bumper-to-bumper gridlock that can bleed a normal car's fuel tank dry. At the same time, Ford Escape Hybrid is a practical and livable environmental solution to help address air quality problems in our cities, as well as the global warming issue." The Escape Hybrid's gas tank holds just 15 gallons of fuel. "Other vehicles might start out with more fuel but they will go through it a lot more quickly," Wright says. The 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid is expected to be rated at between 35-40 mpg on the EPA city cycle - an improvement of at least 75 percent over the EPA city fuel economy rating of 20 mpg for the conventional V-6-powered Ford Escape, the best-selling small SUV in America. Escape Hybrid's fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine combines with an electric drive system to deliver acceleration performance similar to that of the V-6 Escape. While a conventionally powered vehicle burns fuel and creates emissions while idling at a red light or bogged down in stopped traffic, the Escape Hybrid's engine shuts down at rest to conserve fuel. When the light turn green or traffic moves forward, Escape Hybrid's 70-kilowatt traction motor generator can launch the vehicle on clean electric power. When needed, the generator can smoothly start the gasoline engine in less than 400 milliseconds, without the increased emissions produced in starting up a conventional engine. "Near Zero" Tailpipe Emissions - Escape Hybrid produces 97 % less hydrocarbon and oxides of nitrogen emissions than vehicles that meet today's nationwide Tier I emissions standard. That's clean enough to qualify the 2005 Escape Hybrid for the stringent Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards. Escape Hybrid achieves the AT-PZEV standards by combining an efficient powertrain with an exhaust catalyst system that is very effective at lowering smog-forming emissions. Indeed, the Ford Escape Hybrid is as environmentally friendly as a vehicle that runs solely on electric power. That's because a battery-electric vehicle needs to be plugged in to be recharged, and that electricity must be generated by a power plant, creating some smog-forming emissions. The Escape Hybrid produces as little as half the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) - a harmless gas in terms of ground-level air quality but a primary "greenhouse gas" when it drifts into the Earth's upper atmosphere. An accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is widely believed to be producing a global warming effect. CO2 and water vapor are produced in the clean combustion of any type of carbon-based fuel, so the only effective way to reduce a vehicle's CO2 emissions is to reduce the amount of fuel consumed.