"Although we currently do not have plans to produce the Escape Hybrid E85, the research from this technology could lead to breakthroughs in even more advanced technologies".
Mike Thomas - Ford Communications - June 13, 2007
Besides the lack of E85 supply no matter how much Corn or other substitutes are used in its production here in the US, FFV’s have so far been unable to obtain CARB’s PZEV evaporative emissions status due in part to an all EV mode not enabling the evaporative vacuum system and Ethanol’s inherent propensity to evaporate at a faster rate under similar conditions then straight gasoline.
DEARBORN -- The first E85 Escape Hybrids have hit the nation's streets as Ford delivered three vehicles to the Department of Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Governor's Ethanol Coalition (GEC).
A total of 20 E85 Escape Hybrids will be delivered to select fleet customers in six states.
E85 Escape Hybrids combine hybrid and flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) technology. An electric motor powers the vehicle at low speeds and a gasoline internal combustion capable of running on fuel blends up to 85 percent ethanol kicks in a higher speeds.
"As a leader in both hybrid vehicles and in vehicles capable of operating on ethanol-based fuels, Ford is the ideal company to bring both technologies together for the first time," said Sue Cischke, Ford's senior vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering … [Read More]