Ford Escape Hybrid Electric Vehicle Accelerated Reliability Testing – July 2008
One Ford Escape (2 wheel drive) hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) entered accelerated reliability testing during January 2005 and one (4 wheel drive) during April 2005 in one fleet in Arizona. After reaching 160,000 miles each, the two Escape HEVs will have their traction batteries tested before they are retired.
Fact sheets and maintenance logs for these vehicles give detailed information such as miles driven, fuel economy, operations and maintenance requirements, operating costs, and life-cycle costs.
The two Escape HEVs have been driven a total of 320,000 miles and the cumulative average fuel economy for the two Escape HEVs is 27.0 miles per gallon. The 2 WD Escape HEV completed testing in April 2008 and the 4 WD Escape HEV in December 2007. The 2 WD averaged 27.9 mpg aftr 160,000 miles and the 4 WD averaged 26.2 mpg after 160,000 miles.