FORD ESCAPE HYBRID SETS SUV MILEAGE RECORD IN 37-HOUR NON-STOP DRIVING TEST ON A TANK OF GAS
NEW YORK, APRIL 7, 2004 - After being driven non-stop for 37 hours as part of an extreme driving test throughout Manhattan, taking on traffic congestion, morning and evening rush hours, the all-new 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid traveled an amazing 576 miles on a single tank of gas during this epic drive. The Escape Hybrid, the world's first hybrid sport utility vehicle, averaged more than 38 miles per gallon.
"This is phenomenal! We beat our own best estimates," says Mary Ann Wright, Ford director of Hybrid Vehicle Programs. "We set out to drive at least 500 miles of city traffic. The Escape Hybrid surpassed the ultimate urban driving test proving it is the cleanest and most fuel-efficient SUV on the planet."
With concerns about rising gas prices, Ford designed the "Manhattan on a Tank of Gas" event to see how many miles the new hybrid electric SUV could be driven on a single tank of gas in severe traffic conditions. The test began on Monday, April 5 in mid-town Manhattan and ended late Tuesday night, April 6. Several celebrities drove a short leg of the epic journey in and around Manhattan including actor Kevin Bacon, actress Jaime Gleicher, and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.
Ford Chairman and CEO Bill Ford announced the results at the New York International Auto Show, where the 2005 Escape Hybrid made its official debut. Available at the end of the summer, the Escape Hybrid 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 that can comfortably accommodate five adults and their gear.