The official EPA fuel economy numbers for the new 2020 Ford Escape PHEV are finally out and it has been really impressive so far. This new Plug-in Hybrid compact SUV returns 41mpg when it’s being run purely on gasoline and a best-in-class 100-MPGe in its combined cycle. It can also drive as far as 37miles (60km) solely in an all-electric mode which beats the Ford Fusion Energi by 11miles (18km).
The 2020 Ford Escape (PHEV) compact crossover returns an impressive 100-MPGe fuel economy number
Having many times pointed out the most fuel-efficient cars in Nigeria that people can buy, the 2020 Ford Escape PHEV is another new vehicle that we believe Nigerians will love for its fuel economy.
In new reports, Hau Thai-Tang – the Chief Product development & Purchasing officer at Ford reminded that the original Escape model is the very first hybrid SUV in the world; so, the new Escape PHEV represents just how far the company has gone when it comes to efficiency and technology. He says that this new Escape PHEV compact SUV has four times more cabin/cargo space and more power than the Ford Fusion Energi (Plug-in Hybrid).
The new 2020 Ford Escape (Plug-in Hybrid) offers more cargo and cabin space
Right under the back seats of the 2020 Ford Escape is a liquid-cooled 14kWh Li-ion battery with a Level 2 or Level 1 (AC) Charging port. It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge this battery using a level 2 (240v) charger while the Level 1 charger takes up to 10-11 hours.
With this Ford Escape, drivers also get the choice of 4 operation modes which are EV Charge, EV Later, EV Now, and Auto EV. Below is a brief explanation of what happens when any of these modes is selected;
- Auto EV: the vehicle decides by itself when to run purely on electricity or gas
- EV Now: the vehicle will explicitly run only on electricity and produce Zero emissions
- EV Charge: the vehicle will solely run on gasoline but at the same time self-charging the vehicle’s built-in battery
- EV Later: the vehicle will run in a gas-hybrid mode that uses gasoline while reserving its electric power for a later use
The starting price for this all-new 2020 Ford Escape PHEV compact SUV is ₦13.6 million ($35,000) but it is yet to enter the Nigerian auto market.
Meanwhile, you can check out more details and take a closer look at this new Ford Escape in the video below;
2020 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid - Interior, Exterior details