Hi:

Here's a link to the 2010 Escape Hybrid Sourcebook available on a dealer's website :

http://hillerford.com/resource_libra...capehybrid.pdf

(p11 of 30 - page #'d 47) says "The air conditioning (A/C) compressor is driven by an electric motor not by an engine-driven accessory belt"

This documents a 2010 change noted in this :

http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/...weather-friend

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